Videos

Funded by The Russell Family Foundation, a suite of three short Port Gamble Bay films document Olympia oyster and pilot Bull kelp restoration efforts, and showcase a traditional Tribal Clam Bake that PSRF co-hosted with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe to celebrate resources that define the Bay and unite people from around the Bay. The aim of all these films is to engage people more directly in caring for the Bay’s resources.

Kelp Restoration

This movie describes some of the efforts Puget Sound Restoration Fund is making to re-build a healthy kelp population.

 

Olympia Oyster Restoration in Port Gamble Bay

 

A Traditional Tribal Clam Bake

A traditional clam bake with the Port Gamble S'kallam Tribe.

All 3 movies above were produced by John F. Williams of StillHopeProductions (www.stillhopeproductions.com)




Native oyster Enhancement in Puget Sound

The oyster industry along the whole west coast owes its beginning to a small, native oyster called the Olympia oyster. Tasty beyond compare, Olympia oysters are the only oysters native to the Pacific west coast. Ecosystems unto themselves, Olympias play a role in keeping our estuaries clean and providing fish habitat. Today, less than 4% of historic core populations remain in Puget Sound. Olympias are holding on throughout most of their historic range and they are still cultivated by a handful of growers, but remnant populations pale compared to the expanses of native oysters that supported a thriving oyster industry in the mid 1800s. Current efforts to rebuild native oyster populations have generated a big following and a groundswell of activity. This 25-minute film captures some of the characters and activities involved in rebuilding a storied population that has beckoned humans to the shore for thousands of years.

Produced by Shelly Solomon of Leaping Frog Films (www.leapingfrogfilms.com)





Pinto Abalone Recovery

Puget Sound is full of many treasures, and the native abalone is among them.  At a small abalone nursery in Port Gamble baby abalone are being grown for re-introduction into the big, wild world. In August 2009, nearly 1,200 animals reared in this facility were outplanted into Puget Sound, representing the most substantial abalone recovery effort to date in Washington. Pinto abalone - the only abalone species found in Washington - may be at risk of becoming locally extinct.  The natural population has plummeted over the last several decades and there are too few abalone in the wild to successfully reproduce.  The goal of this multi-faceted abalone recovery program is to increase densities in the wild and build sustainable populations of this important species for the future.  This 30-minute film showcases different aspects of recovering abalone populations in Washington State from spawning adult brood animals, to tending juveniles during months of grow-out, to careful reintroduction into the wild. It's a big undertaking involving conservation genetics, state-of-the-art hatchery rearing techniques and lots of collaboration between scientists, resource managers, Tribes and community groups.

Produced by Shelly Solomon of Leaping Frog Films (www.leapingfrogfilms.com)




Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm
OR "The Little Farm that Could"

Mucking around in the productive ooze of Puget Sound is what this film is all about.  Launched in 2003, the Henderson Inlet Farm gets the whole community out on the beach seeding and harvesting oysters.  Henderson Inlet is an incredibly productive marine system with a rich history of oyster culture.  But the only way we can keep getting food from Henderson Inlet is if we keep the water clean. The same is true for many other bays and inlets in Puget Sound.  This short 14-minute film features an eclectic and motley crew in the South Sound who are producing community-grown oysters to create tasty incentives for pollution control that everyone can enjoy.

Produced by Shelly Solomon of Leaping Frog Films (www.leapingfrogfilms.com)