The Foundation of Ostrea

Explaining the development of oyster reefs to kids can sometimes be challenging, illustrations and an easy-to-understand story behind it makes this easier. Camilla Bertolini and Claudia Fratini together created such a story about the „Foundation of Ostrea“, an oyster reef city in the Adriatic Sea. Camilla is a benthic ecologist working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ca’Foscari University of Venedig, Claudia Fratini is a young artist and illustrator studying in Milan.

The story about the oyster Nassaia and her journey to found an oyster reef is now available as PDFs in four languages (Italian, Spanish, French, German) and free for use for everyone. Thanks for the translation goes to Santi, Bérenger and Katrin.

We would be happy to also present the story in English, so if any native English speaking person in NORA wants to make this possible and help in the translation process – please get in contact with Corina ( or the NORA secretariat for further details.