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Wightlink has partnered with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) to place cages containing hundreds of young oysters into the Lymington River as part of its initiative to re-introduce the shellfish to the Solent.

BLUE’s team has placed cages of mature ‘brood stock’ oysters in the Lymington River as part of Wightlink’s port. They will release millions of larvae into the Solent.

The Foundation’s oyster cages have been shown to provide a refuge for other marine life, with 97 different species having been found living inside them elsewhere so far, including critically endangered European eels, juvenile spiny seahorse and sea bass.

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Keith Greenfield, Wightlink’s Chief Executive, has said:

“Oysters are very effective in improving water quality and removing pollutants, just one of them can filter up to 200 litres of water a day.

“We share the Foundation’s aim to restore five million oysters to the Solent to re-establish a controlled fishery and are following its programme with interest.”

Jacob Kean-Hammerson, Solent Project Manager at BLUE, says:

“We are delighted to be working with Wightlink on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project with the introduction of a new brood stock cage site at the Lymington ferry terminal. Housing oysters here in the west of the Solent is another step towards the recovery of this important species.”

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Supporting the Blue Marine Foundation is part of Wightlink’s Green Agenda, which began with the arrival of its hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight. The ferry company is also emphasising recycling, cutting emissions by promoting electric vehicles through installing charging points at ports. It has also pioneered selling locally produced food and drink in its Wight Taste outlets.

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Lady Longdown Dunne-Standing

They used to give oysters to prisoners in the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle as they were cheap food back in medieval days… Nice of Wightlink to do the same for we locals of Vectis whilst bringing over case after case of ‘entitled’ tourist Covidity, thus making our Island a potential gaol of plague. You can bet your ferry tickets that should a huge outbreak occur here no bugger’s getting off for a very long time….


Total inane drivel.

Lady Longdown Dunne-Standing

I quite agree, sir! Hardly worth replying to. Regards.

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