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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


Rock Scallop Biotoxin Monitoring

Our team will assess rock scallop uptake, tissue concentration and detoxification rates of naturally occuring toxins that can cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) in humans, an essential step in the process toward certification.

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Growing Native Sea Cucumbers

PSI and partners are developing polyculture methods for the native, giant red sea cucumber, Parastichopus californicus as a nutrient recycler and promising species for U.S. export.

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Eelgrass and Shellfish Habitat Use

Habitat use by estuarine fish and epibenthic invertebrates are currently being assessed in four west coast estuaries by PSI and partners.

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Contact Us

Visit our contact page for general inquiries, location information, and for individual staff email.


Enviro Slam

Join PSI and partners on Earth Day, April 22nd 12-4pm at the Wet Science Center for our free event! Students, parents and community members welcome!

Oyster Seed Research and Training for Shellfish Farms

New project for PSI and partners:

Oyster Seed

High mortality events create unstable supply for shellfish growers. PSI and partners streamline seed rearing methods and create opportunities for small and mid-size farms to grow their own. Learn more about our newest project.


PSI Releases Public Opinion Report

Public Opinion of Shellfish Farming A report on the public perception of shellfish aquaculture in select counties in Washington, Oregon and California

Public Opinion of Shellfish Farming

View the report (1.6Mb PDF)


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! Learn more


2015 Priorities

West Coast Shellfish Research Needs & Priorities