New global guidelines for shellfish reef restoration

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Simon Branigan

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When The Nature Conservancy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first published a practitioner’s guide in 2006, shellfish reef restoration was still in its infancy and practiced largely in the United States. Over the past decade, restoration has expanded and matured with small and large-scale projects throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas. With this expansion, a host of different environmental and logistical challenges face practitioners, yet expansion also provides new opportunities for innovative research and shared learning. Colleagues from around the globe have collaborated to produce an updated Guide drawing on experiences and lessons learned. The key objectives of the Guide include: aligning, where practicable, restoration approaches and terminology with the International Standards for Ecological Restoration; capturing the latest research and experiences; and communicating practice for a global audience. The Guide includes information on making the case for restoration and identifying potential funding, feasibility studies, and project planning, restoration in practice, biosecurity and permitting, monitoring and public engagement, innovation such as mussel reefs, as well as guidance on how to scale up restoration efforts. The Guide has contributing authors from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong/China, USA, and Europe. Here we officially launch the Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reef Restoration to SER conference delegates and discuss the process of collaboration and content of the guide.

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Society for Ecological Restoration