Puget Sound Restoration Fund - Central Puget Sound

Restoration Project

Puget Sound Restoration Fund - Central Puget Sound

Restoration Objective:

The objective of this study was to Improving Methodologies & possibly ameliorate climate change conditions (ocean acidification).

Site Selection Criteria:

Smith Cove was chosen as a restoration site as it was possible to complete eelgrass, olympia oyster and kelp restoration projects in one location.

Key Reasons For Decline:


Scientific Paper

Puget Sound Restoration Fund

Site Observations:

Observation Date

28th Jan 2019 – 27th Feb 2019

Action Summary:

Boulder and cobble substrate was used to enhance a sandy bottom site. Then, pyramidal anchor blocks were seeded with kelp (Nereocystis) twine and installed.

Lessons Learned:

Adult plants lost blades upon reaching the surface, which may be due to low surface salinity from a nearby storm-water outfall or pollutants due to the site's proximity to a cruise ship terminal.

Project Outcomes:

Adult Nereocystis plants were successfully grown from outplanted juvenile sporophytes. None of the adult plants persisted very long and quickly lost all blades upon reaching the surface.

Key Reasons For Decline:


Indicator Data:


Ending Value:

Starting Value:

Adult Kelp Density

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Cost Year:2019
Cost Currency:USD
Total Cost:110,000
Planning Cost:60,935
Construction Cost:60,935