New reef created to home 10,000 wild oysters in North Sea

A new reef the size of a football pitch has been created in the North Sea as a home for 10,000 native oysters in a conservation project that will help remove pollutants from the water.

The molluscs have been dubbed superheroes of the oceans because of their ability to filter 200 litres of water a day each – enough to fill a bath.

The Wild Oysters Project has seen 10,000 of them added by hand to the reef, which is a mile off Whitburn, Sunderland, and was made from 750 tonnes of local stone and scallop shells.


Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Mollusc News.

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.