Dutch Flat Oyster Consortium (POC)
Flat Oyster Consortium: our mission
Our mission is to restore flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) beds in the North Sea. The main motive behind this is marine nature restoration.
Time for flat oyster restoration
The time is right for flat oyster restoration in the North Sea area: the number of protected areas free from bottom trawling is increasing, pollution is decreasing and the species is recovering from the ‘Bonamia’ disease, as we showed in our feasibility study of 2014-15. This is underpinned by the recent discovery of flat oyster beds (mixed with Pacific oysters, Magallana gigas) in the Dutch Voordelta and Wadden Sea and by the increase of the flat oyster population in Oosterschelde.
Knowledge We share knowledge with policy makers, governments, companies and NGOs, to show the importance of marine nature restoration in general, and specifically of oyster bed restoration. Restoration We undertake restoration projects, funded by different organisations such as WWF and…Read more