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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Bringing the "Oly" Oyster Back to Oregon's Coast - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Bringing the "Oly" Oyster Back to Oregon's Coast - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

Pint-sized with razor-sharp edges, Olympia oysters once flourished along Oregon’s rugged coast. Millions of them formed extensive beds that blanketed the tidal zones of places like Coos Bay and Yaquina bays, where they provided food and income for people and habitat for wildlife. In recent years, over-harvesting, development, sedimentation, pollution, dredging, and forest fires have all played a role in the dramatic decline of this native shellfish that, in many places, has become locally extinct. Bringing the “Oly” back is a priority for natural resource managers, scientists, shellfish farmers, and recreationists.


In response, the South Slough Reserve spearheaded a project to develop a science-based plan to restore Olympia oysters, which has been integrated into a state-wide shellfish initiative that will include additional research and restoration projects to help guide oyster recovery along Oregon’s coast.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Steven S. Rumrill, South Slough NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None habitat restoration
None oyster
None restoration
None shellfish

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None South Slough, OR

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

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Metadata Contact

CC ID: 879770
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 881006
W° Bound: -124.344
E° Bound: -124.265
N° Bound: 43.315
S° Bound: 43.263

South Slough, OR NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 879774
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2010-09-01
End: 2014-11-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 879771
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57771
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57771
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-25 16:39+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-01
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-01