Jarrett Burns, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe natural resources technician, spreads Pacific Oyster shells on Sequim Bay tidelands earlier this year to improve the habitat for the Olympia oyster population. The tribe spread 2,500 bags of oyster shells, building on recent smaller but successful restoration efforts. “It’s becoming obvious that oysters are doing well here but there is not a ton of good substrate,” Liz Tobin, the tribe’s shellfish biologist, said in the Northwest Treaty Tribes publication. “Where it is good, they flourish, so we are enhancing the area to give them a leg up. In 2013, the tribe and the Clallam Marine Resources Committee started enhancing oyster habitat and seeding the bay to reestablish a sustainable population. The tribe is also working with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to establish a Sequim Bay broodstock. This summer, the tribe will take shells with raised seed, which will be hardened on the beach before being distributed in the spring of 2020. Photo by Tiffany Royal/Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Jarrett Burns, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe natural resources technician, spreads Pacific Oyster shells on Sequim Bay tidelands earlier this year to improve the habitat for the Olympia oyster population. The tribe spread 2,500 bags of oyster shells, building on recent smaller but successful restoration efforts. “It’s becoming obvious that oysters are doing well here but there is not a ton of good substrate,” Liz Tobin, the tribe’s shellfish biologist, said in the Northwest Treaty Tribes publication. “Where it is good, they flourish, so we are enhancing the area to give them a leg up. In 2013, the tribe and the Clallam Marine Resources Committee started enhancing oyster habitat and seeding the bay to reestablish a sustainable population. The tribe is also working with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to establish a Sequim Bay broodstock. This summer, the tribe will take shells with raised seed, which will be hardened on the beach before being distributed in the spring of 2020. Photo by Tiffany Royal/Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

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