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Restoring Native Shellfish: The Kenneth K. Chew Shellfish Hatchery

October 30, 2015

The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. But their populations are down, and their habitat is depleted. 

NOAA established the The Kenneth K. Chew Native Shellfish Hatchery, a new  facility on Puget Sound, to grow young oysters and help recover their populations in the wild.

Oyster beds support habitat for fish species, keep the water clean, and allow the growth of eel grass beds, which  in turn, provides habitat for crabs, juvenile salmon, and lots of other organisms. 

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Restoring Native Shellfish -- The Kenneth K. Chew Shellfish Hatchery>>>