Millions of Mussels Keep Puget Sound Clean

Story by Katrina Radach, Washington Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow, and photos by Courtney Baxter, Conservation Coordinator for Puget Sound

Do you think the Pacific Northwest means dreary cold rain? YES! And it also means delicious fresh seafood!

Some of our team members got up close and personal with the seafood at a tour of Penn Cove Shellfish Farm this fall.

Nature Conservancy staff visited Penn Cove Shellfish Farm

Besides bringing deliciousness, mussels, oysters and clams have a big impact on the environment. At Penn Cove, millions of mussels filter billions of gallons of seawater in this Coupeville farm. An adult mussel filters about 15 gallons of water a day, and this little farm has between 900-2500 lines of mussels on each of their many mussel rafts (that’s a lot of mussels AND filtered water!)

Tim Jones pulls up a string of mussels at Penn Cove Shellfish Farm.

Penn Cove raises

Original Title: Millions of Mussels Keep Puget Sound Clean
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