Puget Sound Restoration Fund Programs
Olympia Oyster Enhancement
Olympia oysters are the only oysters native to the west coast. Ecosystems unto themselves, Olympia oysters are big ecological superstars, providing natural filtration and structured habitat for diverse community of organisms. In collaboration with the state, tribes, industry and over a hundred partners, PSRF has spearheaded enhancement efforts in Puget Sound since 1999.
Pinto Abalone Recovery
Pinto abalone populations have declined by more than 80% since 1992, despite a 1994 fishery closure. PSRF collaborates with diverse partners to raise and outplant Pinto abalone to recover this iconic, northwest species and help maintain the health of rocky reef habitat in the San Juan Islands.
Bull Kelp Restoration
Kelp beds are a key component of healthy nearshore system. PSRF works with tribes, neighborhood groups and other partners to develop kelp restoration techniques in order to recover salmon and other fish populations.
Community Shellfish Farms
PSRF operates community shellfish farms in Drayton Harbor, Henderson Inlet and Port Madison in order to 1) restore and maintain clean water; 2) provide a positive
focal point for reducing pollution; and 3) reforge connections between local communities and healthy resources.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In recognition of our work, PSRF has received the following awards and honors:
- Local Hero Award, Governor Locke, 2003
- Opportunity to present PSRF's native oyster project at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation, 2006
- Environmental Excellence Award, Washington State Department of Ecology, 2005
- Excellence in Restoration Award, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, 2006
- Enhancing 100 acres of native oyster habitat by 2020
- Recovering abalone populations in Puget Sound is expected to be a 50-year endeavor.
- In 2010, PSRF is launching a pilot kelp restoration project to help with salmon recovery efforts that we hope to expand in the future.
- In 2009, PSRF began monitoring the potential effects of ocean acidification on local shellfish communities. The program will continue in the coming years. Private funds would provide an enormous boost to PSRF's on-the-ground restoration actions.