OzFish Pumicestone Passage Chapter

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The OzFish Pumicestone Passage Chapter was formed to assist with the restoration of fish habitat and fish populations in the Northern Moreton Bay region. The Chapter hopes to give recreational fishers in the local community opportunities to; create new fish habitat, improve water quality and fish passage, control populations of noxious fish and ultimately reverse the trends of declining fish stocks in the region.

One of the projects the Chapter has been involved in is the restoration of shellfish reefs.

  • Shellfish reefs (oysters, mussels etc.) filter and clean water and also provide habitat for fish and crabs.
  • Today less than 5% of natural shellfish reefs remain in Pumicestone Passage.
  • Recreational fishers and OzFish are working together to restore these shellfish reefs. 


Shellfish Reef Restoration 12/12/2017

Barge loaded with live oyster reefs for deployment.

Following 8 years of research and development and after approvals from the Queensland Government, three types of experimental shellfish reef substrates were installed in a one hectare location off Kakadu Beach, Bribie Island to enhance the fish stocks and marine biodiversity and eventually improve water quality.

OzFish volunteers sorting recycled oyster shells destined for the shellfish reefs.

The project is comparing performance of patch reefs made from recycled oyster shells and live oysters and two string reef designs, one from steel cages filled with recycled oyster shells, and one from biodegradable potato starch matrix (BESE-Elements) developed in the Netherlands and being used for the first time in Australia. The experimental reefs can be damaged by anchors, so local fishers are encouraged to show their support by not anchoring in the area around a yellow Special Mark Buoy.

The project will be monitored by the University of the Sunshine Coast marine
science team for three years. It is hoped that a successful trial will then be
scaled up and the shellfish reefs restored throughout Moreton Bay Marine Park.

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OzFish Pumicestone Passage Chapter would love to hear from you! Please contact ozfishpumicestone@gmail.com