Columns
Business in Southbank Image

Business in Southbank

Giving back in more ways than one
Read more >>

St Johns Southgate Image

St Johns Southgate

Call the midwives!
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Work faster and work smarter
Read more >>

Montague Community Alliance Image

Montague Community Alliance

April showers are not coming our way
Read more >>

Metro Tunnel

Global search begins for Metro Tunnel artworks
Read more >>

Federal Politics Image

Federal Politics

Why Magnitsky Act is important for Australia
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Owners’ corporation law – time’s up
Read more >>

Southbanker Image

Southbanker

An inspiring voice for women
Read more >>

Housing Image

Housing

We are leaving an intergenerational time bomb for our children
Read more >>

History Image

History

Under the mound
Read more >>

Safety and Security

Thanks for your warm Southbank welcome
Read more >>

Yarra River Business Association Image

Yarra River Business Association

A constantly changing market
Read more >>

Southbank Sustainability Group Image

Southbank Sustainability Group

Planting the new and maintaining the old
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

The science of compassion
Read more >>

Skypad Living Image

Skypad Living

Future-proofing vertical villages
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Training a therapy dog
Read more >>

Southbank Fashion Image

Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
Read more >>

Street Smarts Image

Street Smarts

Power Street – Southbank
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Tram shame
Read more >>

A sustainable seafood party!

05 Mar 2019

A sustainable seafood party! Image

A sustainable seafood party!

South Melbourne Market's much loved Mussel & Jazz Festival is helping restore Port Phillip Bay's decimated shellfish reefs.

Taking place on March 9 and 10 from 12pm until late, the festival is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy by recycling all used shells, which are then used to rebuild reefs.

The project has restored 2.5 hectares of shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay and, with guests expected to finish more than 200,000 mussels over the course of the festival, those reefs can expect to become a lot bigger!

Guests are expected to finish more than 200,000 mussels, prepared by Melbourne’s top chefs and restaurants including local traders Aptus, South Melbourne Seafood, Bambu, Claypot Evening Star, Paco y Lola, Koy and Simply Spanish and recycle them.

The shells will then be collected from the specially-provided bins to be cured and be used for rebuilding shellfish reefs.

South Melbourne Market general manager Ian Sumpter said this initiative was another way the market was being made as sustainable as possible.

“This partnership enables us to reduce our environmental footprint by decreasing waste and landfill, while helping The Nature Conservancy in their important work to restore our bay’s precious shellfish ecosystems,” he said.

Mayor Dick Gross said the project aligned well with the council’s Love Our Bay campaign.

“Festivalgoers can head along to one of Melbourne’s most unique festivals – a seafood street party celebrating some of the city’s hottest jazz artists – knowing they also have the opportunity to give back to their bay,” he said.

Besides the irresistible delicacies, the festival also presents impressive artists including The Senegambian Jazz Band, The Sugarfood Ramblers and Chelsea Wilson.

southmelbournemarket.com.au/mussel-festival 

Stay in touch with Southbank. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Southbank Local News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.