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Welcome to the first edition of SIMS NEWS for 2019!

Remnant Oyster Reefs as Fish Habitats 

Native oysters once formed extensive reefs along temperate Australian coastlines, but less than 10% remain. With the loss of oyster reefs has come the loss of ecosystem services they provide. As awareness of the extent of oyster reef loss has grown, so too has interest in oyster reef restoration. The development of realistic goals for restoration requires knowledge of the services provided by remnant oyster reefs. Take a look at how a team lead by Macquarie University and supported by extensive collaborations are looking to address this.
New Living Seawall at Sawmillers Reserve

Get an inside look at the recent installation of an extensive retrofit to the existing seawall at Sawmillers Reserve by our Living Seawalls team!
Future of NSW Corals   

The NSW marine environment hosts endemic and rare coral species, and the iconic Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands host the worlds’ southern most coral reefs. Coral species are in fact found along the New South Wales coastline, and many unique, important coral systems are right here on our doorstep.  But our coastal ecosystems are changing rapidly, and with that the habitats that support coral populations are under increasing pressure. UNSW researchers based at SIMS are working to understand the impact of those pressures.
Sustaining Coastal Reef Productivity 

Coastal reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, hosting over 3000 fish species that fulfil important ecological roles. However, the productivity, species composition and growth rates of fish in coastal reefs is changing. In an exciting project based at SIMS, scientists from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies are working to understand the role of pelagic and benthic productivity in sustaining these ecosystems.
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