Native oyster populations in Scotland have declined significantly since the 19th century – in terms of both range and abundance. Most remaining populations are now thought to exist in west-coast sea lochs. Conservation measures to protect remaining stocks are needed under a UK Species Biodiversity Action Plan.
In this report, you’ll find advice on the conservation management of the native oyster in Scotland. It’s based on assessment of the status of current populations and reviews of the history of oyster exploitation in Scotland. It also draws on conservation and fisheries management practices in the UK and elsewhere. Sites along the west and north coasts of Scotland were surveyed for oysters, and detailed population studies were carried out at three sites.
The report also suggests steps that might be taken to preserve this important resource for the future.
Publication 2007 - NatureScot Commissioned Report 251 - Conservation of the Native Oyster Ostrea edulis in Scotland
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