Whatcom MRC participated in the Olympia Oyster Restoration project in coordination with the Northwest Straits Commission and Puget Sound Restoration Fund, by coordinating volunteer training to survey remnant populations of oysters and select sites for planting seed, conducting outreach to local communities on the importance of healthy native oyster populations, and assisting with monitoring of any sites planted with oyster seed.
The project team produced restoration-grade, genetically diverse seed for Drayton Harbor, outplanting forty-two bags of seed. Two additional bags of large seed were spread experimentally in two spots south of the marina at Semiahmoo.
The project team produced an Olympia Oyster Field Guide to support Olympia oyster identification surveys and workshops for this project and coordinated a public speaker event on ocean acidification. Olympia oyster restoration was incorporated into the ocean acidification seminar by inviting Betsy Peabody of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, who focused on the use of native Olympia oysters to mitigate the possible effects of ocean acidification.
Efforts to rebuild Olympia oyster populations in the Puget Sound are ongoing.