Suminoe Oysters Pest Alert: Invasive Species Detected in Pinkenba & Surrounding SEQ Waterways

Biosecurity Queensland has discovered Suminoe oysters (Magallana ariakensis) in Moreton Bay and several Brisbane waterways, including Pinkenba and Kedron Brook. This marks the first known presence of the species in Australia.

The Suminoe oysters were first spotted in 2023, with its presence confirmed at locales such as Bribie Island, Boggy Creek, Kedron Brook and Pinkenba, near the Brisbane River’s mouth. 

Impact and Characteristics

According to Michael Reid, Queensland’s acting chief biosecurity officer, the Suminoe oyster poses a significant threat to local ecosystems and industries. As a highly invasive species, it not only competes with indigenous oyster populations but can also displace native oysters, severely impacting commercial oyster culture.

This large rock oyster species is fast-growing and can be found in both submerged and floating structures, such as pylons and boats. It typically thrives in disturbed habitats, including shallow subtidal sites and the muddy creeks of warm estuaries, by fouling these structures.

Suminoe Oyster
Photo Credit: DAF Queensland

The Queensland Oyster Growers Association, in collaboration with Biosecurity Queensland, is taking steps to mitigate potential impacts on both the environment and the oyster industry. 

Although invasive species are present, the quality and supply of commercial oysters in Moreton Bay have not been affected. Oyster production in Queensland is considered safe for consumption. 

However, invasive species can foul infrastructure and adapt to disturbed habitats, which highlights the importance of detecting and reporting them early to protect Queensland’s natural environment.

Suminoe Oyster
Photo Credit: DAF Queensland

Community Call to Action

Mr Reid is urging the Queensland community, especially those who are involved in fishing, boating, and recreational water activities, to remain vigilant and report any suspected sightings of the Suminoe oyster to Biosecurity Queensland. 

Watercraft owners are encouraged to thoroughly inspect, clean, and dry their equipment to prevent the spread of this species. The community’s compliance with these guidelines plays a vital role in protecting Queensland’s biosecurity and ensuring the safeguarding of its waterways and marine life.

Published 5-April-2024

Inside Ferns On The Brook, The New Neighbourhood In Nundah

Did you know that a new neighbourhood is coming to Nundah? Ferns on the Brook, a community of luxury two- and three-storey townhouses will soon rise in a prime location adjacent to Kedron Brook.

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Located at 77 Walkers Way, Nundah, the townhouse development is ideally positioned close to shops, cafes, restaurants, parks, and medical centres. With frontages to Bishop Park and Kedron Brook waterways and parklands, it will be easy for residents to maintain their fitness in this exercise-friendly neighbourhood. 

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Designed by Ellivo Architects, Ferns on the Brook features a sophisticated design for luxurious living, offering natural light and inviting hues throughout the spaces. It comes with sophisticated calming natural palette including timber and stone materials plus top-of-the-range appliances.

Photo credit: Ferns on the Brook/Facebook
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“The variety of the floor plans offered across these 30 terrace homes provide flexibility for whatever life stage you are in. Starting out, blended families, or downsizing but need additional rooms, Ferns on the Brook will provide exceptional choices for all owner-occupiers,” the Dennis Family, the developers of the complex stated.

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“At 220sqm, it is suitable for a large growing family, and all rooms are generously sized and tastefully appointed. With a balcony at front and rear there is an excellent flow of air and an abundance of natural light flooding the living area; architecturally designed to fully maximise comfort,” the developers added.

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The units at Ferns on the Brook, which come with a price range of $680,000 to $799,000 have already been sold out. Construction is expected to start in mid-2021.

Ferns on the Brook adds to the Dennis Family’s growing portfolio of developments in Queensland, which includes Archer’s Way in the Moreton Bay Region, Summerlin in Banyo, and Tide Residences in Sunshine Coast.