Friday, November 16, 2018

Port of Seattle to Farm Oysters

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Seattle is teaming up with Puget Sound Restoration Fund and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources on a new program to develop a habitat and a native oyster bed in the northern part of Smith Cove in Elliott Bay.

Under the ‘Blue Carbon’ pilot program, which seeks to use oysters as “filter feeders” to help clean ocean pollution, about one-quarter acre has been planted with over three tons of oysters, as well as salt marsh and other sea vegetation to trap dissolved carbon.

“Creating the kelp, eelgrass and shellfish beds at Smith Cove is an exciting approach to slowing climate change while also fostering habitat for wildlife and fish, including Chinook salmon,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman. “This pilot program reflects the port’s commitment to addressing climate change and protecting the environment.”