OzFish will work with private jetty owners to install environmentally friendly hanging habitat to help restore vitally important shellfish reefs to the waterway.

The first step in this project is securing enough private jetties to begin the restoration work. If you are open to OzFish using your jetty to help restore shellfish populations in the lake, then please register your expression of interest below.

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Shellfish can filter up to 180 litres of water every day and also remove sediment, improving the clarity and quality of the water. They can also sequester harmful chemicals such as nitrogen, carbon, and micro plastics.

It is estimated that a hectare of shellfish reef can produce up to 2.5 tonnes more harvestable fish each year.

An innovative solution

In 2022, OzFish members in Western Australia trialed a new approach to shellfish restoration – rolling out the Pimp My Jetty initiative.

This involved engaging jetty owners to understand the importance and benefits of having thriving shellfish reefs in their area. More than 50 jetty owners asked to be included in the project.

The ropes are made of natural fibres and over time, as more oysters colonise them, they become complex habitat that provides a wealth of shelter, shade, and food for native fish.

The Gold Coast project is the first time that Pimp My Jetty has been delivered outside of Western Australia, and its expansion mirrors OzFish’s general growth across Australia as it scales up habitat restoration on hundreds of waterways.

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The project is funded by BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.