Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International

Restoring an endemic species to native tidelands: Olympia oysters in Swinomish pocket estuaries

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

This project is a continuation of a 2015-2016 CREOi award, supporting restoration of the Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida), which has played an important ecological and cultural role as Washington’s only native oyster. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has been successfully building their Olympia oyster population, and the upcoming award will expand technological capabilities to monitor the environmental parameters that influence oyster population dynamics. ($10,500)