Today was a major milestone, with the Foundation now able to show the first stage of a ‘living shoreline’ in the Port River.
Eleven hessian bags of clean recycled oyster shell are now in place in the intertidal zone just north of the Snowden’s boat ramp. They are set in a group of 5 and of 6.
The shell was sourced from SA growers in Cowell. It is a condition of our PIRSA Ministerial Permit that, for biosecurity reasons, we use only clean recycled shell from SA growers.
It’s hoped that local shellfish will colonise the shell in the bags to form low level shellfish reefs and protect translocated seagrass Zostera from wash.
The project has been made possible by funding support from a Community NRM grant and a Coastal Participation grant, the supply of shell by growers via The Nature Conservancy, and the support of more than a dozen volunteers.
The hessian bags are sourced from OceanWatch and the bags are secured with manila rope to hardwood posts.
Given the recent IPCC report there is increased urgency to demonstrate nature-based responses to climate change, as one of many climate adaptation strategies that need to be implemented.