Washingtonians make hundreds of thousands of trips each year to harvest razor clams on the coast and clams and oysters throughout Puget Sound. Tribal communities have harvested shellfish for generations, feeding their communities with healthy protein from Puget Sound and coastal shores where many continue to make a living and practice a way of life. The shellfish industry is a foundation of Western Washington’s rural economy and an important part of our state’s heritage.
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Congratulations Weatherly Bates
“The giant Pacific Octopus, just one of the many creatures that utilize our farm as habitat. This juvenile octopus was found inside an oyster shell. Oyster shells provide perfect habitat for juvenile octopus and there are ample invertebrates thriving in the oyster cages that the octopus eat. Another reason farming oysters is great for the environment— by providing habitat for invertebrates, like the octopus.”
Congratulations Tracy Oviatt
Tracy’s photo is of a Dungeness crab “Living a sheltered Life” within a Pacific oyster. Photo taken in Netarts Bay, Oregon.
Pacific Seafood is the first, and only, company to offer four-Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified oysters. This certification is the first step toward the company’s goal that all Pacific Seafood oysters achieve four-star certification.
Do you grow a native shellfish species? A research team from University of Washington is measuring the genetic impacts of farming native shellfish and needs to learn how native shellfish are grown today. Please take a few moments to complete their survey. You can even win a $50 Amazon gift card! Contact Natalie Lowell (firstname.lastname@example.org | (760) 420-2281) to request a link to the online survey or a hard copy of the survey with return postage. The survey will close February 15th, so reach out to Natalie soon!