Restoring Australia’s Lost Shellfish Reefs

Australia once had extensive bivalve habitats, but most are largely gone. TropWATER researchers, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and researchers and managers from around the country have identified potential needs to begin to conserve and restore these important molluscan habitats. See report (pdf), also at link). For additional information see links at: and

Contacts are: Dr. Ian McLeod, Senior Research Scientist, TropWATER (JCU). Tel: (07) 4781 5474 or 0449 840 082,; and Dr. Chris Gillies, Marine Manager (Australia Program), The Nature Conservancy. Tel: 0412 663 506,

Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network

The Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network is a recently established effort bringing together organizations and individuals interested in shellfish reef conservation, restoration, education and management. It aims to improve awareness of shellfish reef habitats and educate the broader public on the value of shellfish habitat value and conservation . See also See for oysters on wall and wreck.