February 24, 2022


Moving native oysters from Scotland to the Solent

by Dr Luke Helmer


Dr Luke Helmer, Blue Marine Foundation’s (BLUE) Restoration Science Officer, 在过去的一年里,他在索伦特河创建了第一个原生牡蛎修复礁. This marks both a substantial milestone for the project, which began in 2015, 对于这一地区几乎消失的标志性物种来说,这是一个飞跃. BLUE is working alongside wider UK & 爱尔兰和欧洲的网络恢复原生牡蛎在其自然范围内. This is Luke’s story.

Having spent my childhood and academic career on the South Coast, 我与该地区以及水上和水下的自然美景建立了强烈的联系. 人们经常问我是如何最终从事牡蛎的工作的,诚实的回答是:“我在正确的时间出现在正确的地方——只是有点陷入其中。, I guess. Then I worked hard, so I am still riding that wave.”

最吸引我的可能是它们能给自然和社区带来的好处. From their ability to filter vast quantities of water a day, to supporting hundreds of species across their natural range, these unassuming creatures are certainly superheroes of the seas. 它们惊人的能力也让世界上许多牡蛎物种的急剧减少更加令人心碎:人类已经从海洋中取出了牡蛎的肾脏,并为此付出了代价.

beat365体育亚洲官网在线已经与本地牡蛎合作了好几年,知道扩大经营规模是不可避免的. 亲眼目睹了美国和澳大利亚的珊瑚礁是如何用贝壳和砾石建造的, I knew that this was going to be no mean feat. beat365体育亚洲官网在线很幸运在索伦特拥有一个出色的利益相关者工作小组, 所以我很有信心,beat365体育亚洲官网在线可以一起在英国南部海岸的那片土地上重建这个项目.


Read more about Solent Oysters here.

Site selection, 在英国最繁忙的水域之一建造珊瑚礁的许可证申请和组织当然引起了一些头痛, 但经过漫长而艰难的过程,一切都已就绪,beat365体育亚洲官网在线已经从所有需要的人那里得到了批准.

It was a surreal experience, 被一艘小工作船接走,驶进了我以前去过很多次的港口. This time was different. I knew something big was happening. 走近驳船的布置,我感到既期待又兴奋——大玩具已经出来了, and they were being used to build an oyster reef for us!


看着贝壳和砾石第一次落下形成礁石的底部, and mimic the seabed, was exhilarating. In a year when anything that might go wrong had done, this was the first time that everything went to plan, 这意味着beat365体育亚洲官网在线可以全速前进,继续进行剩下的珊瑚礁创造.



在为期7天的项目的第二天,beat365体育亚洲官网在线可以看到整个过程,从开始到结束. The morning began in the dark at 04:30, when I met BLUE’s Senior Project Manager, Jenny, 和自由摄影师马特在福利水边见证了第一步——装载驳船. This was a swift operation, 这让beat365体育亚洲官网在线对马特的无人机拍摄感到非常兴奋. It was then a race: us by land, the ‘would-be’ reef by sea… the reef, however, didn’t need to grab breakfast on the way. Watching the second deployment onto the seabed, beat365体育亚洲官网在线知道beat365体育亚洲官网在线是安全的,可以让操作员做他们的事情.



这让珍妮和我得以自由前往苏格兰与beat365体育亚洲官网在线的同事亚历克斯会面,收集第一批将在珊瑚礁上安家的牡蛎. 在松软的沙地和砾石上倒车,当然是一种有趣的经历, but after a short while the van was 15,000 oysters and half a tonne of shell heavier. Luckily we avoided any sinking dramas, and were soon on our way back down south, with 12 hours of Alex’s road trip singing ahead of us.



Unloading the van at 01:00, 知道再过几个小时beat365体育亚洲官网在线就又起来把它们彻底打扫一遍,beat365体育亚洲官网在线赶紧干活, to get as much sleep as possible. 让beat365体育亚洲官网在线感到宽慰的是,beat365体育亚洲官网在线到达了现场,并得到了一群助手的帮助. 所有的牡蛎都要经过检查和分类,然后才能去水疗中心洗漂白剂浴, 为了确定beat365体育亚洲官网在线扔到礁石上的只是牡蛎.



The final day of operations was upon us. beat365体育亚洲官网在线的珊瑚礁已经准备好了,GPS定位装置已经安装好,15,000只牡蛎已经被清理和分类. 一位当地渔民在现场,准备带beat365体育亚洲官网在线去现场,摄像机也准备好了. And — like that — it was all over. After all the planning, the countless hours of work to get to this point, the actual deployment of oysters takes but a matter of minutes, 即使是在适应了摄制组想要捕捉的所有角度的情况下.

朗斯通港的珊瑚礁是第一个,beat365体育亚洲官网在线希望它能成为横跨索伦特海峡的珊瑚礁网络. More oysters will need to be added over time, 但希望在未来几年内,beat365体育亚洲官网在线将开始看到自然定居, and the populations will become self-sustaining.

欧洲本土牡蛎的恢复和恢复并非一蹴而就. It is not going to be easy and it is not going to plain sailing. 但是在索伦特的团队,以及欧洲其他的团队,都是为了长期发展.

For further details please see: Solent Oyster Restoration Project Overview







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