Shellfish reef restoration projects in other parts of the world have proven to provide significant social, economic and cultural benefits. Restoration project activity has proven to be good business generating jobs and sustainable economic activity within local communities. The improved ecosystem services not only benefit the environment, but a healthier environment tends to attract more tourism, including recreational fishing activity and its associated socio-economic benefits.
Culturally, shellfish were extremely important food sources for indigenous peoples in the Pumicestone area as shown by the many historic shell middens in the region. Loss of shellfish reefs therefore represents a significant loss of cultural heritage to traditional owners. Their restoration therefore represents a significant opportunity to renew the cultural links of traditional owners to their land.