A blenny in shellfish reef habitat
A beneficiary of restoration. The Oyster Blenny, Omobranchus anolius, seeks shelter inside oyster shells when danger approaches. They are often seen peering out of the shells, assessing the surrounding area from the relative safety of the oysters. Image: Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson

Restoration of marine ecosystems offers the prospect of effective conservation in the face of chronic degradation and climate change. Restoration techniques, however, are generally in their infancy. This project reviewed the capacity for advances in restoration – associated with giant kelp forests, seagrass meadows, saltmarshes and shellfish reefs – to reduce conservation risks associated with matters of national environmental significance listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Subsequent research aims to advance restoration techniques in critical habitats and develop a restoration decision framework to guide future investments.

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