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Puget Sound Restoration Fund
Our Mission: To restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound through tangible, on-the-ground projects.
Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) is a Washington-based nonprofit organization. Founded in 1997, PSRF is dedicated exclusively to restoring marine habitat, water quality and native species in Puget Sound. We pursue restoration collaboratively with industry, tribes, government agencies, private landowners and community groups and we take a non-activist, project-oriented, broadly inclusive approach to our work. As an organization, we are committed to a vision of a clean and healthy Sound that is productive, full of life and capable of sustaining us.
Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm oyster season has started! We are offering many ways to get Henderson Oysters such as Elliot's Oyster House in Seattle, local restaurants in Olympia, work-parties at the Farm, and our new farm stand at the corner of Stoll Rd. and Lilly Rd. in east Olympia. Click here for more information or to place an order for pickup.
Shellfish gardeners: our 2014 Seed Sale is coming up (date still TBD), but you can plan ahead for your shellfish gardening needs! Receive your pre-order form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 206.780.6947.
Walrus & Carpenter Picnics (December 14, January 28 [sold out], and February 26)
The Ultimate Oyster Experience--Nighttime, Low Tide, "Walrus & Carpenter Picnic" on Taylor Shellfish Oyster Beds Benefitting the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
"O Oysters come and walk with us, a pleasant talk, a pleasant walk, upon the briny beach..."
Hosted by Taylor Shellfish Farms as a benefit for the Puget Sound Restoration fund, the Walrus & Carpenter picnics provide the unltimate oyster-eating experience, one by which all others will be judged.
Lewis Carroll's "Walrus & Carpenter", a whimsical tale about how the Walrus and the Carpenter lure the oysters for "a pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, upon the briny beach" and then proceed to eat every one, provided the inspiration, says organizer, Jon Rowley.
The "picnic" takes place by lantern and/or moon light on Taylor's Totten Inlet oyster bed on a low minus tide at night in the middle of the winter. An icy gust of wind off the bay might invigorate the experience. Shucking lessons are available or visit one of the oyster bars set up on the beach. Plump, sweet, perky oysters, just rousted from their beds and opened on the spot and award-wining "oyster wines" served in Reidel stemware close at hand. Just the right mix of magic and madness. When the tide starts coming in, there is a bonfire and a cup of Xinh Dwelley's hot oyster stew before getting back on the bus.
The cost of $125 per person benefits the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets include the round trip bus to Totten Inlet, entertainment, shucking lessons, Olympia, Shigoku, Pacific and Totten Inlet Virginica oysters served with winners of the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition.
"We are pleased and honored to join with Taylor Shellfish on this popular and unique event as a way to have fun on the beach while raising awareness of to habitat and water quality issues", says Betsy Peabody, Executive Director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
*The Walrus & Carpenter Picnics preceded and are not connected to the excellent Walrus & Carpenter Restaurant.
SIGN UP for the 2014 Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm CSA Program! Enjoy a bounty of the tasty Port Madison Petites this coming spring and summer... Growing shellfish has many environmental benefits, including improved water quality, species diversity and eelgrass growth. A single oyster can filter 20 gallons of water per day. Why not enjoy some oysters and be a part of the solution to cleaning up Puget Sound?
For those of you participating in our native oyster recovery project: Dyes Inlet/Port Gamble Bay - Permitting the Next 3 Years of Action - access important information HERE
- Click here to read Betsy Peabody's article entitled "Washington Shellfish Initiative lifts Native Oyster Restoration Efforts in Puget Sound"
- Shellfish growers from around the state served up 33,000 world-class oysters November 2nd at Elliott’s Oyster House’s annual Oyster New Year celebration, generating a whopping $10,000 for Puget Sound Restoration Fund’s Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm. It was the oyster lover’s ultimate experience as a throng of 1,000 slurpers descended on the 100 foot-long oyster bar, knocking back these gifts from the sea while lapping up salmon, crab, and fritters and dousing down wines, ales and other concoctions from the Northwest and beyond. Truly, a tour-de-force performance by all!
We here at PSRF were taken to new heights at this year’s celebration as one of our very own Henderson Inlet oysters was announced the winner of the Most Beautiful Oyster Contest! Brian Allen, our Henderson farm manager, and our big gang of volunteer harvesters nearly died from happiness.
Thanks to the growers who proudly produce oysters that feed us in essential ways and motivate us to keep the water clean. And thanks to Elliott’s, the wineries and the breweries for creating wonderful occasions for revelry that remind us how extraordinary this place really is.
Enormous thanks to the following companies for donating world-class oysters and other goodies to the 21st Annual Oyster New Year!
- Baywater Shellfish Farms
- Calm Cove Shellfish
- Chelsea Farms
- Elliott’s Oyster House
- Gold Coast Oyster
- Hale’s Ales
- Hama Hama Oyster co.
- Little Skookum Shellfish Growers
- Marinelli Shellfish
- Penn Cove Shellfish
- Sister Point Shellfish Co.
- Sound Fresh Oysters and Clams
- Sunset Beach Oyster Co.
- Sweetwater Oyster Co.
- Taylor Shellfish Farms
- Upper Skagit Tribe
- Wallin Oyster and Clams
Click here for a fun slideshow of the event. (Use the left and right arrow keys to move forward and backward through the gallery. Click anywhere outside the photo to close the gallery.)
- Bainbridge Organic Distillers paired vodka and oysters for a fun afternoon benefit for Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Photos here...
- Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been awarded a $41,000 3Mgives Eco Grant to provide a real-world laboratory for teaching Bainbridge High School students about ocean acidification. More info...
- Here's another great article about Puget Sound Restoration Fund, the Bering Land Bridge, and how the edible shoreline helped our big brains evolve.
- Read a great article about Paul Zitarelli that highlights the eclectic group of people who are involved with Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
- Click here to view our Olympia Oyster Field Guide, a picture guide that gives you a close-up view of the habitat features that support Olympia oysters in Puget Sound, and shares some of the identifying characteristcs that will enable you to see Olympia oysters in these various habitats.
- Watch Blue Ribbon Panel member Shallin Busch give a TED Talk at Evergreen State College about Ocean Acidification HERE (access her talk at minute 81).
- The West's native oyster makes a comeback...Read a piece by Christopher Hall in Seattle's Sunset about native Olympia oyster restoration. "The Olympia oyster has been absent for almost a century. But now it's returning to our plates -- and one taste will make you a believer"
- Washington State Takes Action Against Ocean Acidification - Governor Chris Gregoire signed an executive order on November 27, 2012 highlighting the importance of her Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations on Ocean Acidification. The recommendations address the growing problem of ocean acidification that threatens our state's shellfish resources and shellfish industry. Electronic copies of the Panel report (both the summary and full length version) and the scientific summary are available for download: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oceanacidification.html
- Kick off the year 2014 right and improve local waters! The Clean Water = Oyster-Give-Away program encourages residents near our community shellfish farms to have their septic systems inspected and maintained. In return, we will reward residents of these watersheds with a dozen FREE Oysters from the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm and Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm.
- December 6, 2012: The PSRF dive team outplanted 400,000 larval abalone in the San Juan Islands on DNR Aquatic Reserve Lands. The project was funded by Department of Natural Resources. Partners included WDFW, NOAA, UW, and Shannon Point Marine Center. Click here for photos...
Native oysters in South Puget Sound
Attracting native oyster larvae with shell habitat in Liberty Bay