Officials will celebrate new shellfish hatchery as important step in restoring Washington waters

MANCHESTER — Representatives from federal, state, local and tribal organizations will celebrate the opening of the new shellfish restoration hatchery today, May 22, at the NOAA Fisheries Manchester Research Station as a significant step forward in recovering shellfish in Washington's Puget Sound and beyond.

The Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration is a direct result of NOAA’s National Shellfish Initiative and Washington State’s Shellfish Initiative, the first state to pass such an effort. The new hatchery will be staffed and operated jointly by NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF).

The hatchery features a high capacity microalgae system to feed the oysters, clean flow-through seawater from neighboring Clam Bay, a dry lab for computer and microscopic work, and a large greenhouse for maturing shellfish.

The hatchery is also equipped to support research on life history, physiology, and culture of Pacific Northwest shellfish.

Check for more information on the opening.

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