Our goal is to recover native species that have lost breeding populations, maintain genetic diversity, and research effects of changing seawater conditions.

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 production of native shellfish and other Pacific Northwest living marine resources. Development of a conservation hatchery was identified as a high-level need in both phases of the Washington Shellfish Initiative as guided by the National Shellfish Initiative, and in the Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification‘s 2012 and 2017 recommendations (both found here). The facility, located at NOAA’s Manchester Research Station, is operated by PSRF through a cooperative research and development agreement with NOAA to collaboratively conduct and manage research and restoration activities.


  • 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 impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish and other marine life.
  • Improve monitoring to better predict changes in seawater chemistry that may affect shellfish hatchery operations
  • Continuous filtered seawater supply
  • Temperature, pH controlled seawater
  • Ocean acidification and climate research
  • Microalgae culture
  • Multi-use bench space
  • Floating dock w/Floating Upweller System
  • Tidelands beach culture
Support PSRF's Conservation Hatchery

Support PSRF's Conservation Hatchery

At our Conservation Hatchery, PSRF cultures Olympia oysters, pinto abalone, sea cucumbers and native kelp species to advance restoration efforts throughout Puget Sound and provide a hub for research. The hatchery is invaluable to PSRF and our mission. Please consider a donation to help support the hatchery and PSRF's work.