Bio-builders for a more resilient coast
For six years, the partners in the Coastbusters project have been researching the possibility of using mussel reefs to better protect our coast. Now there is finally a promising concept on the table.
One of the innovative elements in the concept is the so-called mussel shaker. This is essentially a submerged buoy with ropes on which mussels grow. Over time, the shaker shakes off the mussels, creating a biogenic mussel reef on the bottom.
Monitoring of the research sites has shown that mussel reefs attract a lot of additional marine life and therefore have a positive impact on biodiversity. In addition, mussels filter their nutrients from the water, making the seawater slightly cleaner.
Added value creation
The new concept is unique in the world and a prime example of Flemish innovation. Since mussels can be found almost everywhere in the world, mussel reefs can be used universally as a more natural form of coastal protection.
Coastbusters is a Blue Cluster innovation project with Jan De Nul, DEME, Sioen, ILVO and VLIZ as partners. The project receives financial support from the Flemish government through VLAIO.