Project Aim: Species restoration
The project, spearheaded by CROMACH – Craignish Restoration of Marine and Coastal Habitat – aims to reintroduce a small colony of native oysters at Loch Craignish, Argyll, in order to monitor their potential for wild spawning and the future restoration of native oyster stocks.
The trial will begin with a thousand native oysters at 10-15 grammes, supplied by Oban-based Lochnell Oysters, a certified supplier, who can supply disease-free stock. The juveniles will be placed inside a gabion basket in heavy-duty plastic sacks and located on the shoreline in an area where native oysters were once prevalent. Care and monitoring of the young oysters will be conducted by CROMACH members in conjunction with schoolchildren from Ardfern Primary School (school roll – 32). This will include keeping the oysters predator-free and measuring growth rates, weight and water quality using Seasearch data recording sheets. Communicating the project to locals and to regular visitors is a key part of this project, as well as building engagement and increasing knowledge and awareness of marine conservation and the importance of native oysters.
The project is being funded by Sea-Changers and is due to begin in the Spring of 2019.
Loch Craignish Native Oyster Restoration, Ardfern, Argyll