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Purina Europe launches its first Ocean Restoration Programme, aiming to restore 1,500 hectares of marine habitats by 2030

28 February 2024, ROTTERDAM: The ocean is essential for all life on Earth. However, as a result of climate change and human activities, ocean health is declining at an alarming rate, putting all marine life under threat. To ensure a sustainable future, our oceans must be protected and preserved. That is why Nestlé Purina PetCare Europe is launching its first Ocean Restoration Programme, to help tackle marine biodiversity loss in Europe.

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The connection between oysters, seagrass and seaweed

Every ecosystem is made up of different species interacting with each other in different ways. We are quite familiar with the predator/prey relationship that ensures the balance in the food web as a means of protection. A good example is the key role of sharks in controlling the number of sea turtles that could otherwise impact seagrass on which they feed.

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Synergies Between Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture: A Win-Win for the Oceans

Oyster restoration initiatives play a crucial role in revitalising marine ecosystems, but their benefits extend beyond environmental conservation. Restoration projects are proving to be a boon for oyster farming and aquaculture. The interplay between restoration efforts and aquaculture creates a harmonious relationship that fosters sustainability, provides food and supports livelihoods of coastal communities.

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Oyster Reef Restoration as a Sustainable Solution to Mitigate CO2 Emissions from Marine Dredging​

Marine dredging, the process of removing sediment from the ocean floor, is a common practice that causes significant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, contributing to the global climate crisis.

In some cases, marine dredging may be necessary, for example, for maintaining and deepening navigation channels and harbours, or to protect shorelines from erosion caused by waves, currents, and storms.

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5 Successful sustainability projects that happened in the last year​

In a time when sustainability news is often rather pessimistic, we think it’s also important to shed light on the positive developments and share the great projects that are happening. Preserving nature and enhancing sustainability is critical and urgent. There are already hundreds of projects helping the planet and helping society move in the right direction. 

There is still so much to do, but let’s see what’s already happening out there.

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What Happened To Oyster Reefs?

Back in the 19th century, the North Sea was an oyster paradise. These bivalves were not only a culinary delight but also played a vital role in our coastal ecosystems. However, today, their presence in the wild is very rare. What happened to oyster reefs, and why are flat oysters nearly extinct in nature?

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