With this project, the Sea Shell Foundation, Meromar Zeeland, and HZ University of Applied Sciences aim to develop a total concept as a blueprint for sustainable plot-based farming of carpet shells and venus clams.
The world over, reefs, built by bio builders such as corals and shellfish, provide important ecosystem services including coastal safety, fisheries and recreation.
To date, oysters in the Netherlands are cultivated at the bottom of shallow waters (i.e. bottom cultivation) or on so-called cultivation tables. Bottom culture oysters are moved twice a year to ensure ideal conditions for growth and to cope with silting. These operations require a lot of vessel movements and manual labour. The cultivation operations can also cause unwanted pressure on the environment.