Take a look underwater with the scientists

Published on 17 April 2019

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When it comes to healthy waterways we don't always think about what's happening underwater - but MidCoast locals have an opportunity to learn firsthand about innovative projects like Fish Hotels at a fascinating upcoming talk in Forster 

Oyster reefs are an important part of estuarine ecosystems. One of Australia's most threatened marine habitats, they support the growth of significant fish species, help improve water quality and increase biodiversity. 

Hunter Local Land Services and MidCoast Council are hosting an exciting evening in Forster on Thursday 9 May from 6pm for local residents to learn more.

"Researchers estimate that over 99% of natural shellfish reefs have been lost due to pollution, sedimentation, disease and habitat loss or degradation," said Brian Hughes from Hunter Local Land Services.

Oyster reefs play a valuable role in our environment and the installation of 'Fish Hotels' and artificial reefs can help these vital habitats recover.

"Scientists from Oceanwatch Australia and Sunshine Coast University are currently working on a variety of projects to help rehabilitate these areas and we’ve just started our first local project at Gereeba Island in the Wallamba River."

USC researcher Dr Ben Gilby and Andy Myers from Oceanwatch will be on hand on the evening presenting information their latest projects and providing an update on where the science is leading into the future.

The event is part of our Marine Discovery Program, which brings together some of the leading names in marine research and conservation to share their findings and raise awareness of our amazing ocean environments.

Join us at Club Forster on Thursday 9 May from 6pm. Light refreshments will be served, attendance is free of charge and RSVPs for catering purposes are greatly appreciated. Book here to attend the evening.