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Shellfish: Our Undervalued Resource

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GLOBAL - The 14th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR) comes to the UK this year for the first time in its 26 years history. The conference will be held at the University of Stirling, Scotland and its title and theme will be Shellfish: our undervalued resource.

The theme of the conference, “Shellfish: our undervalued resource”, reflects the UK perception of shellfish as something that is good to eat, often in upmarket restaurants.

Shellfish fisheries and aquaculture are indeed a very important part of the UK economy; shellfish reefs however form an ecosystem that provides myriad benefits (“ecosystem services”) many of which have been lost through acute fishing pressures, disease, pollution and other factors.

On a global scale, shellfish reefs are considered amongst the most threatened habitats. This conference hopes to change perceptions of the value of shellfish as a resource by bringing scientists from all over the world to discuss how we can learn from experience overseas, particularly in the US, where there has been considerable investment and community-based efforts to restore and enhance shellfish populations.

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