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Category: Oyster Reef Restoration

Once the fish factories and ‘kidneys’ of colder seas, Australia’s decimated shellfish reefs are coming back

Australia once had vast oyster and mussel reefs, which anchored marine ecosystems and provided a key food source for coastal First Nations people. But after colonisation, Europeans harvested them for their meat and shells and pushed oyster and mussel reefs almost to extinction. Because the damage was done early – and largely underwater – the destruction of […]

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EVENT: Rewilding the oceans: combining marine biology & technology, public & policy

The Environment Institute is pleased to present an engaging panel discussion on rewilding our oceans for the University of Adelaide’s Ecoversity 2022 Sustainability Week. Hear from experts on how the future of rewilding rests on combining science with technology, public use with education and policy making. We hope to see you there! Background: Rewilding is becoming […]

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World Ocean Day 2022: Restoring our Lost Reef Ecosystems

Today we celebrate World Ocean Day! Environment Institute marine researchers are using the natural relationships between bivalves and macroalgae to enhance the restoration of South Australia’s lost reef ecosystems. Over 150 years ago, oyster reefs, kelp forests, and seagrass meadows lined the South Australian coastline. These ecosystems provided a rich and productive marine environment but […]

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Baby oysters follow the crackling sound of snapping shrimp

Though oysters may be brainless bivalves, they can “hear” and swim towards attractive sounds of the sea. We played the crackling sound of snapping shrimp, which indicates a healthy reef, to baby oysters using underwater speakers. We discovered the oysters swim towards the sound.  This opens the possibility of playing marine sounds to attract oysters […]

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EVENT: Environment Institute partners with the World Fisheries Conference

‘Sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries.’ The Environment Institute is proud to be a partner of the World Fisheries Conference in 2021 Date: Monday 20th – Friday 24th of September 2021 Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia Program: View now Bookings: Register your interest Held every four years, the 8th […]

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The Marine and Coastal Hub join NESP $149 million commitment to environmental science

The Morrison Government is backing a new era of environmental science, announcing the universities and research centres that will host four ‘mega’ research hubs in the next phase of Australia’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP). Research will be prioritised to meet the most pressing environmental management and policy needs, with an emphasis on climate adaptation, […]

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Shellfish Reefs project wins Eureka Prize

University of Adelaide marine ecologists are among a team of scientists awarded a Eureka Prize for their research towards rebuilding Australia’s lost shellfish reefs. Our researcher from the Environment Institute, Dr Dominic McAfee and the School of Biological Sciences, and Dr Heidi Alleway, from the Division of Research and Innovation, joined researchers from v in winning the NSW […]

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EVENT: Professor Sean Connell features in Ecology and Evolution Seminar

You’re invited to the first event in the Spring Series of the Ecology and Evolution Seminar. This event will be held online via Zoom and will be the beginning of Environmental Diversity theme for the Spring Series. This week, the free monthly Friday seminar series features exciting, cutting-edge science by Professor Sean Connell and PhD Candidate, […]

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South Australia’s second large-scale oyster reef restoration will be constructed off the Adelaide metropolitan coast

A new shellfish reef is to be built at Glenelg, signalling a rapid transition from environmental amnesia to conservation action. In a stark contrast to the historical baseline of South Australian oyster reefs, University of Adelaide researchers’, Professor Sean Connell and Dr Heidi Alleway had discovered 1,500 km of Southern Australia coastline reefs had been lost […]

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Award winners Dr Erinn Fagen-Jeffries and Dr Alice Jones

Our early career researchers have been working hard to showcase their outstanding research. They have achieved fantastic results and in doing so, have won some prestigious awards this year. Congratulations to Dr Erinn Fagen-Jeffries for receiving the Harold Woolhouse prize. This prize is for the best PhD thesis produced in the Faculty ofSciences. Friends, family and […]

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