Seven test plots were identified for a pilot restoration project. The test plots are not intended as restoration themselves, but only to provide information on feasibility of restoration in the seven habitat patches identified. The actual restoration design, if pursued, would attempt to address any factors identified from the test plot results that may limit success.
The project is intended to determine if Olympia oyster restoration is feasible within Chuckanut Bay. The MRC monitors oyster retention, size, and plot habitat characteristics annually in partnership with Bellingham Technical College Fisheries and Aquaculture students.