Pilot Olympia Oyster Restoration

Pilot Olympia Oyster Restoration

Two areas in Whatcom County have been identified by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the restoration of native oyster populations.   Efforts have just recently been initiated in Drayton and show promise for expansion. The second area is a broad geographic area within which the desire is to establish at least one viable self-sustaining population. Within that area, North Chuckanut Bay was identified as a good opportunity given the existing habitat conditions.

Seven test plots were identified for a pilot restoration project. The test plots are not intended as restoration themselves but only to provide information on feasibility of restoration in the seven habitat patches identified.  The actual restoration design if pursued would attempt to address any factors identified from the test plot results that may limit success. 

The project is intended to determine if Olympia oyster restoration is feasible within Chuckanut Bay. An extensive citizen-science monitoring plan will be implemented to gauge success of the project and changes in the habitat structure and function

Pilot Olympia Oyster Restoration