PROCEED Seed oysters
(2mm size)

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Verena Merk

Germany: PROCEED project

Background:

Important preliminary results of the initial German restoration project RESTORE identified an essential need for a sustainable production of seed oysters of the European flat oyster. Because all of the natural oyster beds are extinct in the German Bight, a continuous supply with healthy seed oysters is a basic requirement to achieve a successful restoration of the European flat oyster Ostrea edulishere.

PROCEED project

Project beneficiary:Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven

Project funding:funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) through the Federal Program for Biodiversity

Project term:2018 – 2024

Following the recommendations of RESTORE, PROCEED is engaged in implementing an oyster hatchery on the German offshore island Helgoland to establish a healthy broodstock and a sufficient seed oyster production for North Sea restoration and nature conservation measures.

Existing and upcoming biological and technical research questions within the process of seed oyster production will be addressed and results directly applied in the hatchery. PROCEEDs overall goal is to supply restoration measures in the German Bight with healthy oysters and therefore facilitate the return of the native oyster and its valuable ecosystem services.

One further goal of PROCEED is the support of the NORA network: the NORA coordination is funded within this project for two years. The aim is to facilitate the important communication and interaction between the European oyster restoration projects and therefore strengthen native oyster populations within their whole European area of distribution.

PROCEED will furthermore focus on an intensive knowledge transfer to different target groups (e.g. visitors/ tourists, nature conservationists, pupils and teachers): An interactive online knowledge platform, multiple exhibitions at different locations within Germany as well as specifically developed educational material will raise and improve a general awareness for this former native species and the importance of its restoration. Ostrea eduliswill be characterized as an ecological key-player and oyster reefs will be used as an example to explain biodiversity as a stabilizing factor for the wider ecosystem and to underline the general significance of ecosystem services.

For further Information:

Project Homepage:
https://www.awi.de/en/science/biosciences/shelf-sea-system-ecology/main-research-focus/european-oyster/proceed.html

“Supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the Federal Programme for Biological Diversity (Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt).”

Contact:

Dr. Bernadette Pogoda
bernadette.pogoda@awi.de