Drawing from The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) expertise in restoring oyster reefs at more than 150 sites around the world, we have embarked on Hong Kong’s first study of the local ecological benefits of oysters. Adapting oyster restoration strategy to the changing environment — in natural habitats and oyster farms — has the potential to ultimately rejuvenate aquaculture in Hong Kong, which will benefit both nature and every one of us living near the coast.
Our work focuses on two areas:
Understanding how oyster reefs can impact their ocean environment, especially for cleaning water and producing more fish in our project site in western Hong Kong, we can evaluate oyster restoration potential on producing more fish. If these fish species are a part of the Chinese white dolphin or finless porpoise diet, that could be a promising sign of the ecosystem’s recovery.
Engaging the aquaculture industry in Lau Fau Shan: We want to understand the social, economic and other factors that play a role in the success of the oyster industry and how our studies can help revive community livelihoods.
Why We Need to Restore Oysters
How We Work on Oyster Restoration
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