Our Mission, Our Goal
Founded in 1997, Puget Sound Restoration Fund works collaboratively to restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound. We are committed to a vision of a clean and healthy Sound that is productive, full of life, and capable of sustaining local communities. The populations we rebuild to achieve that vision – oysters, abalone, kelp – are key to maintaining ecosystem health. The community shellfish farms we launch and operate are designed to spur clean water efforts and re-forge connections between people and resources.
PSFT projects are scientifically-based and undertaken to restore a healthy ecosystem. They are also designed to give people an experience of real resources so they'll be invested in keeping the ecosystem healthy. Community Shellfish Farms were developed specifically to engage people in clean water efforts. These efforts demonstrate that people involved in gathering food on the beach do what it takes to keep the water clean. This is an important component of long-term stewardship.
The collaborations we forge are diverse, inclusive, and aimed at creating a positive focal point around which people can take local action, enjoy local foods, and experiences real resources.
The species we work to restore, in addition to providing ecological benefits, represent iconic food resources. This is no mere coincidence. Resources that support ecosystem health – such as oysters, kelp, and abalone – have supported human health along this coast for thousands of years. The two are inextricably entwined.
To this end, PSRF works joyfully to recover coastal resources and maintain our connection to them. When we partake of these resources and work to recover their abundance, we become more deeply rooted to the health of this place.
PSRF is dedicated to improving conditions in Puget Sound with clearly measurable accomplishments, including improved water quality, increased native species, recovered populations, restored acres of habitat, enhanced ecological benefits, and volunteer engagement in specific place-based projects. Long-term, PSRF is committed to restoring and maintaining a healthy marine system that can both feed us and sustain us.
- Restored 575 acres in Drayton Harbor to conditional shellfish harvest
- Helped restore 340 acres in Henderson Inlet to fully approved shellfish harvest
- Enhanced over 40 acres of native oyster habitat with either shell or seed
- Planted over 10 million native oyster seed at multiple sites with over 100 partners
- Launched 3 Community Shellfish Farms to improve water quality, restore productive shellfish growing areas and reconnect people to healthy marine resources
- Raised and outplanted 7,000 juvenile abalone & 1,400,000 larvae to recover Pinto abalone
- Conducted pilot kelp restoration experiments and launched a KelpWatch Program
- Monitored potential effects of ocean acidification on shellfish communities
- Developed strategies to mitigate ocean acidification on Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel
- Initiated a nutrient mitigation project on Vashon using mussels to remove excess nitrogen
- Conducted an economic assessment of shellfish production & restoration in Puget Sound
- Restored 2.6 acres of intertidal habitat in Liberty Bay by removing derelict gear
- Replanted 6.8 acres of riverbank along the Deschutes River
- Revegetated 5 acres of streambank along Shinglemill Creek on Vashon Island
- Renewed access to 2 ½ miles of spawning habitat on Bainbridge Island
- Restored 3 acres of riparian habitat in Manzanita Creek
- Recreated 2 acres of wetlands at Paramount Park in Shoreline
- Revegetated 2 acres of riparian habitat in Griffin Creek in King County
- Created a ¾ mile shoreline trail overlooking Mud Bay in Olympia
- Built 3 bridges to link 2.5 miles of trail at Meadowbrook Farm in King County
- Replaced a culvert in Puget Creek, Tacoma to renew salmon access
- Constructed a rearing channel in Newaukum Creek & improved habitat in Normandy Park
- Installed over 150 shellfish gardens to connect people to the health of local waters
- Local Hero Award, Governor Locke, 2003
- Native oyster project showcased at White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation, 2005
- Environmental Excellence Award, Washington State Department of Ecology, 2005
- Excellence in Restoration Award, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, 2006
- Served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification,2012