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Fisheries Challenge Fund: Distribution, abundance and temporal variation of the Pacific oyster in Poole Harbour

The project looked at why wild populations are not becoming as established in Poole Harbour compared with other areas in southern England.

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Poole Harbour has seen successful commercial cultivation of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) since the mid-1980s but wild populations are not becoming as established, compared to other areas in southern England.

The research was carried out in Poole Harbour from 1 June 2012 to 1 June 2013 by the Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton.