Call for participants: Spatial application of a Habitat Suitability Index for oyster restoration

Figure: Reproductive output of a European flat oyster over a 10-year period in the Channel and Southern Bight of the North Sea. Estimations were made by forcing a Dynamic Energy Budget model with spatial data generated by the MIRO&CO biogeochemical model (Lacroix et al., 2007). Results presented are illustrative.

The NORA Site Selection Working Group is delighted to invite participants to join Brecht Stechele of the University of Ghent at 10.30-11.30CEST/9.30-10.30BST on Wednesday 26th October to learn more about how the UNITED project (Grant Agreement no 862915) are developing a …

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NORA supports UN Decade on Restoration

NORA is delighted to support the UN Decade on Restoration through its ongoing activities. Together, the NORA community and all in the #GenerationRestoration will increase the public understanding and the political will to restore nature where it has been degraded …

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Oyster reef in Dutch Voordelta officially protected

As of June 2, 2021, an oyster reef in the Dutch Voordelta is officially protected against damage by fishery. Such is decided by the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, following commitment expressed by her to the Dutch parliament.  …

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Save the Date – Monitoring Guidelines Consultation Launch

Break out group at the Monitoring Workshop at the University of Portsmouth in December 2019.

The NORA Monitoring Working Group has been working with the Native Oyster Network UK and Ireland to develop guidelines for monitoring European native oyster restoration projects. With common metrics, it is hoped that lessons can be more effectively learned across …

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NORA Genetics Workshop Summary

NORA was delighted to welcome 65 experts and interested participants to the online NORA Genetics Workshop on 25th February 2021. The workshop was chaired by Pierre Boudry of Ifremer and an overview of current and planned research on Ostrea edulis of relevance to …

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NORA Production Working Group Workshop Report Available

Wordclouds (by Mentimeter) illustrating the range of information participants believe should be shared about native oyster production.

The NORA Production Working Group met for an oyster production industry/oyster restoration cross cutting workshop on December 4th 2020. Thirty-one experts discussed areas of communication that could be improved between the two groups and communally explored ways to overcome barrier of …

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Underwater photographs show the wonder of the Native Oyster

Photo: Winner Dr Paul Naylor (BSAC member, Marine Biologist, Underwater Photographer and Author of Great British Marine Animals)

In 2020, ZSL, the University of Portsmouth and the Native Oyster Network called on the UK public to get creative and submit their best images of the native oyster in its natural environment. The Native Oyster is cryptic and rare. Add …

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NORA 2 Special Issue in Aquatic Conservation now Available!

NORA 2 Special Issue in Aquatic Conservation

The special issue can be accessed at onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10990755/2020/30/11 In little more than six weeks the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restorationwill launch, bringing a sharp focus on ecosystem restoration and ‘mainstreaming’ it into policy and planning.  Published this week is a landmark Special …

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NORA and the Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland, launches Biosecurity Guidelines for Native Oyster Restoration

European Guidelines on Biosecurity in Native Oyster Restoration, November 2020

Native oyster restoration seeks to reverse through human activity, the damage sustained by oyster reefs over the past few centuries. This positive activity, which sees native oysters and their habitat returned to waters where they are currently absent or have …

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Native Oyster Network: UK and Ireland launch “European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook”

European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook, November 2020

The European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook- UK and Ireland is the ultimate “how to” guide to native oyster restoration in the UK and Ireland. The result of a collaborative effort across the Native Oyster Network- UK and Ireland, drawing …

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Announcing NORA Historical Ecology Working Group Workshop

Opening of the Oyster Market Billingsgate. (Credit: Illustrated London News 1843, Credit: The British Library)

The NORA Historical Ecology Working Group will be meeting online on Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December 2020, from 10am-3pm CET (9am-14.00 GMT). The workshops are open to existing project partners and to new participants, who would like to bring new …

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Laying Cultch: a Case Study from the Essex Native Oyster Initiative

Aggregate cultch being laid at the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative site in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK. (Photo: ZSL and ENORI)

The Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) is a collaboration between oystermen, government, conservationists, and academia, working towards the Essex estuaries having self-sustaining populations of native oysters. The Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries in Essex were designated as a …

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Keynote Speakers for NORA 3 Online Confirmed

Pierre Boudry, Ifremer; Anne Birch and Laura Geselbracht, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The NORA 3 Online organising committee are delighted to announce the conference Keynote Speakers: Pierre Boudry, Anne Birch and Laura Geselbracht. Pierre Boudry is Head of the Research Unit Functional Physiology of Marine Organisms at the French Research Institute for …

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NORA Outreach Working Group Shares Experiences in Developing Information Boards

Sharing information via information boards or posters can be an effective way of communicating with a broad audience. (Photo: NORA 2 conference)

The NORA Outreach Working Group invites you to join them for their third bimonthly meeting, the first after the summer break, in which experts from the UK and Germany will share their experience in developing information boards on the seafront. …

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