Early morning oyster tour

Published on Wed, Sep 11, 2013
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Want to learn more about how the Drayton Harbor oyster beds work? Take a low-tide tour on Saturday, September 14 to get an up close look at the farming process used to harvest these local oysters. 

“It’s a really great chance to see the work being done out in Drayton Harbor,” said Julie Hirsch of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, an organization that works to help clean up the sound. “This is the only commercial oyster farm in Whatcom County, and its great for people to see what’s happening there and how to help keep it going.”

Hirsch said they will also be taking sign-ups for next year’s community supported aquaculture (CSA) harvest at the tour as well. “It’s over for this season, but you can sign up for next year,” she said. 

The tour begins at 7:30 a.m. at gate 3 in the Blaine Harbor. Spots on the tour are by reservation. Participants will be walking through mud flats, so boots are required. Donations are appreciated and coffee and muffins will be served. RSVP at draytoncsa@comcast.net.

Information and kids’ activities geared toward water quality restoration, shellfish and the ecosystem will be available at the Blaine Harbor Boaters Center from 8:30 to 11 a.m. 

For more information, visit restorationfund.org/projects/csf/draytonharbor.