Restoring shellfish reefs: global guidelines for practitioners and scientists

Fitzsimons, James A., Branigan, Simon, Gillies, Chris L., Brumgaugh, Robert D., Cheng, Jun, DeAngelis, Bryan M., Geselbracht, Laura, Hancock, Boze, Jeffs, Andrew, McDonald, Tein, McLeod, Ian M., Pogoda, Bernadette, Theuerkauf, Seth J., Thomas, Marine, Westby, Stephanie, and zu Ermgassen, Philine S.E. (2020) Restoring shellfish reefs: global guidelines for practitioners and scientists. Conservation Science and Practice, 2 (6). e198.

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Abstract

Widespread global declines in shellfish reefs (ecosystem‐forming bivalves such as oysters and mussels) have led to growing interest in their restoration and protection. With restoration projects now occurring on four continents and in at least seven countries, global restoration guidelines for these ecosystems have been developed based on experience over the past two decades. The following key elements of the guidelines are outlined: (a) the case for shellfish reef restoration and securing financial resources; (b) planning, feasibility, and goal setting; (c) biosecurity and permitting; (d) restoration in practice; (e) scaling up from pilot to larger scale restoration, (f) monitoring, (g) restoration beyond oyster reefs (specifically mussels), and (h) successful communication for shellfish reef restoration projects.

Item ID: 63122
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2578-4854
Keywords: ecosystem services, ecological restoration, marine ecosystem restoration, oyster reef, shellfish reef
Copyright Information: © 2020 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: China Global Conservation Fund
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 01:39
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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