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3rd Annual Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration

December 1st marks the two year anniversary of lifted harvesting restrictions on 810 acres of Drayton Harbor shellfish growing area and I am happy to invite you to the 3rd Annual Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration!

GSSC is very honored to be receiving an award this year for our contributions to water quality in the Drayton Harbor Watershed and our work to form so many young watershed stewards in Whatcom County and which played an integral part of the shellfish growing area recovery in Drayton Harbor.

Come celebrate with us! Delicious oysters will be provided courtesy of Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and there will be additional refreshments and activities.

Current Restoration Projects

Whatcom MRC Pilot Oyster Restoration

Plastics

Why are there plastics in Pacific Northwest shellfish?

Guess what is showing up in our shellfish? One word: Plastics

Care about the ocean? Think twice about your coffee lid.

Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption 

Giant plastic catcher heads for Pacific Ocean clean-up - NPR 9/7/2018

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action

Could kelp help mitigate ocean acidification?

Sea Star Wasting

Massive Starfish Die Off is Tied to Global Warming - NPR 1/30/2019

Carbon Footprint and sustainability

How Humans Could Halt Climate Change - NPR 3/19/2019

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor - NPR 10/10/2018

February 2017

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer is venturing into unknown territory near American Samoa. Watch live camera here (2-16-17)

Eater Why Olympia Oyster is Primed for a Comeback (2-10-17)

Dwarf size anemones collect food for the boxer crab, which gently stimulates asexual reproduction

Dwarf size anemones collect food for the boxer crab, which gently stimulates asexual reproduction