Hundreds of oysters have been released into a Hampshire river as part of an initiative to re-introduce the shellfish to the Solent.
Wightlink has partnered with Blue Marine Foundation to place cages containing juveniles into Lymington River.
A pilot project, involving adult oysters, was previously held at the site of Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie's racing team and at the University of Portsmouth's raft in Langstone Harbour.
Following its success, juveniles were then transferred to cages at those two sites, as well as at four other marinas, and last year 20,000 oysters were released onto the seabed of the Solent
The caged oysters started to reproduce in July 2017 and a 5mm baby (spat) was found off Portsmouth the following year.
Ninety-seven different species of other marine life have also been found living in the cages, including critically endangered European eels, juvenile spiny seahorse and sea bass.
Oyster fishing in the Solent was banned after the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Project found the molluscs were failing to reproduce as a result of water quality, invasive species and over fishing.
A final report on the project is expected in 2021.