Flat Oyster Consortium: our mission

Our mission is to restore flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) beds in the North Sea. The main motive behind this is marine nature restoration.

Time for flat oyster restoration

The time is right for flat oyster restoration in the North Sea area: the number of protected areas free from bottom trawling is increasing, pollution is decreasing and the species is recovering from the ‘Bonamia’ disease, as we showed in our feasibility study of 2014-15. This is underpinned by the recent discovery of flat oyster beds (mixed with Pacific oysters, Magallana gigas) in the Dutch Voordelta and Wadden Sea and by the increase of the flat oyster population in Oosterschelde.

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