Supported by: John Ellerman Foundation
The Native Oyster Network is a community of academics, conservationists, oystermen and NGO’s who are working to restore self-sustaining populations of native oysters. The network was established by Dr Joanne Preston & Alison Debney in 2017 to support the growing need of the species, habitat and those working to restore O. edulis in Europe.
Dr Joanne Preston
University of Portsmouth
Joanne co-founded the Native Oyster Network in 2017. She is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and scientific lead on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project – where 40,000 oysters have been restored to date. Joanne has extensive knowledge and expertise in native oyster restoration and enjoys communicating her work in engaging ways – most recently on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4.
UK & Europe, ZSL
Alison co-founded the Native Oyster Network in 2017, along with Jo. She is a Senior Conservation Programme Manager at ZSL. Currently acting as Chair, Alison has been part of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) since it was established in 2011. Recently Alison launched a campaign named “Mother Thames” shedding light on the biodiversity of marine species in the River Thames, including the ENORI project at the mouth of the Greater Thames Estuary.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Many thanks to Luke Helmer, David Smyth, Alice Lown and the Solent Oyster Restoration Project for providing images used on this page!