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Washington Governor Announces Shellfish Initiative to Spur Jobs, Restore Puget Sound

December 9, 2011









On Dec. 9, 2011, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled the Washington Shellfish Initiative, a new agreement among federal and state agencies, tribes, the shellfish industry, and the restoration community to restore and expand Washington’s shellfish resources to promote shellfish aquaculture and create family-wage jobs.

NOAA announced a $200,000 grant to help the state restore the native Olympia oyster. The state departments of Health and Ecology also will award $1 million to support programs that identify, inspect, and fix failing septic systems to keep pollution out of sensitive habitat areas. Choose the following links for more information:


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