Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration

In 2014, PSRF and NOAA began operations at the “Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration,” a new facility dedicated to research and restoration of native and other marine species. The facility is housed on the NOAA research station Manchester campus.


Research Priorities

  • Culture genetically-diverse native oysters to preserve local populations
  • Expand the ability to restore native shellfish habitat in the Pacific Northwest
  • Advance the technology and practices of the shellfish aquaculture industry
  • Understand the impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish an other marine life
  • Improve monitoring to better predict changes in seawater chemistry that may affect shellfish hatchery operations


  • Continuous filtered seawater supply
  • Temperature controlled seawater
  • pH controlled seawater
  • Microalgae culture
  • Multi-use bench space
  • Floating dock with Floating Upweller System
  • Ocean acidification research
  • Quarantine space (Washington state certified)


  • Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida)
  • Pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)
  • Sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus)
  • Geoduck (Panopea generosa)
  • Rock scallop (Crassadoma gigantea)
  • Bull kelp (Nereocytis luetkeana)
  • Sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima)

Projects, current and past


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Learn more about the hatchery by watching this NOAA video.



Puget Sound Restoration Fund is honored to be awarded a Community Benefit Award through Boeing Employees Credit Union's (BECU) People Helping People awards program. This program supports local, member supported non-profits, and the money will be used to support Olympic College interns who are interested in the field of restoration aquaculture and also to upgrade some of our equipment so we can expand our algae culture program to support the various native shellfish species that we are working to restore.Thank you to our friends at BECU!

BECU award

Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for their Puget Sound Ocean Acidification mitigation project. Learn more…

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