Discover efforts to restore and protect the North East's wild oysters with Dr Ashleigh Tinlin-Mackenzie
Oyster reefs are hugely productive and provide a multitude of ecosystem services. But across the UK, wild native oysters (Ostrea edulis) have declined by over 95%. The Wild Oysters project aims to restore these important habitats, in partnership with ZSL, BLUE, and British Marine, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.
In North East England, the local delivery is led by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, and the Environment Agency. Oyster nurseries will be suspended under pontoons in local marinas, to release the next generation of oysters to the seabed. New oyster reefs will be created in the near offshore area, creating habitat for oyster spat to settle and thrive.
Watch on the NHSN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLXvxMVjjl3KmITjQjbKAjQ
About the Speaker
Dr Ashleigh Tinlin-Mackenzie is a Marine Ecologist working in fisheries and marine monitoring research with Newcastle University, and marine restoration under The Wild Oysters Project with Groundwork North East and Cumbria.