Pacific Oyster Distribution research

In April 2007 an extensive shore based survey was commissioned to record the distribution and abundance of the non-native Pacific Oyster Crassostrea gigas within the inter-tidal zone of the North East Kent European Marine Sites. The project is now into its fifth phase in 2011 - looking at current uptake by the new oysters spats, and also looking at potential control methods.

Outline of Pacific Oyster Research Project (May2009)


Natural England Research Report:

NECR016 - Pacific Oyster survey of the North East Kent European marine sites (July 2009).   

Note: This is the first of a series of studies that reached phase 5 during 2011/12.


More Information:

Pacific Oyster project on the NE Kent MPA

Non native species research

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)