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Ecosystem Services

On the Farm

Improve Water Quality

Ecosystem Services Photo

Learn more about how shellfish can improve water quality and provide important habitat for other marine organisms.

On the Farm Photo

What does it take to be a shellfish farmer? Watch this video on the ins and outs of growing and harvesting shellfish in Puget Sound. Watch Video.

Improve Water Quality Photo

Learn 5 simple steps you can take to improve water quality in your area. Learn more...

Project Higlights


Determining Social and Ecological Carrying Capacity for Shellfish Aquaculture in South Puget Sound

PSI and partners are conducting research to model ecosystem interactions and determine social and ecological needs and impacts of shellfish aquaculture.

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Pet Waste: What's the Problem?

These small sources of pollution can have a big impact. PSI works with South Sound residents to raise awareness of the risks associated with bacterial contamination and encourage pet owners to pick up after their animals.

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Reducing Shellfish-related Illness

PSI investigates post-harvest methods to lower vibrio levels in oysters and other bivalve shellfish to protect human health and reduce the need for vibrio-related shellfish bed closures.

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Citizen Phytoplankton Monitoring

Join us at Olympia's Port Plaza dock this summer to get up-close-and-personal with some of the smallest organisms in the sea– phytoplankton! Drop a net into the rich waters of Budd Inlet to collect a jar of nutritious plankton soup. Prepare to be amazed as a drop of water comes to life under the microscope! Learn more



Shellfish & Nutrient Removal

Recent and continuing PSI projects evaluate the use of mussels as a strategy for mitigating anthropogenic nutrient loads. PSI and partners developed innovative uses for the mussels: Surf to Turf Compost!

Shellfish at Work – Reducing Nutrient Pollution in the Budd Inlet Watershed Final Report (2.2 Mb PDF) Appendices (4.4 Mb PDF)

Budd Inlet Poster

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2015 Priorities

West Coast Shellfish Research Needs & Priorities