The new study follows recent research that humpback whales are also returning to the region.
The six SAMS scientists joined the RRS Discovery, one of the few ocean-going research ships in the UK, for the research cruise.
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SAMS Director Prof Nicholas Owens says there has never been a more important time to support marine science research as Scotland develops its Blue Economy, a crucial part of the country’s recovery post-lockdown.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Ballet West, and Argyll College UHI are gearing up for the start of the new academic year and it is not too late to apply for local courses starting this August and September.
Working with SAMS, Dr Mairi Cowan will spend the next three years investigating hormonal and environmental factors that control the development of bivalves during key life stages, focusing on the Native Oyster Ostrea edulis.
Over the next five years, the charity Seawilding, is planning to restore the native oyster beds at Loch Craignish with an exciting plan to reintroduce one million native oysters.