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What’s going on at the Lochaline Native Oyster Project?

At the Lochaline Native Oyster Project (LNOP) we are delighted to have progressed the project with the purchase of a second cohort of baby oysters. These arrived in November 2022 and have been growing on the Lochaline Harbour pontoons ever since. The oysters arrived at only 1g, and are now starting to grow and mature. As with the first cohort, we will release these oysters once they reach around 10g.

In March, we had some wonderfully enthusiastic pupils from Lochaline and Ardgour Primary Schools visit the project. They got stuck in to learning about marine food webs and oyster anatomy, as well as measuring and recording our new oyster babies! Lots of fun was had by all and we hope to get pupils from the other local schools visiting us soon.

At the end of April, we were delighted to have Katherine and Eric from Seawilding/OceanInterface come to LNOP to help us train some new volunteers in oyster and biodiversity monitoring. Other the two days we learned about species we can find on the shore, how to record them, and what records are important to note when assessing the reintroduced oysters at release sites. Big thanks to the Morvern Community Development Company for allowing us to use the wonderful Morvern Community Hub.

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