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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Chris Maun, Thurston County Stream Team coordinator, 360-754-3355  ext. 6377

Shellfish field class and tasting session set for Saturday, Aug. 21

Were clams, oysters and other shellfish as important as salmon to the diet and economy of the South Puget Sound, before Peter Puget sailed into these waters? How did oysters put Olympia on the map during the Great California Gold Rush of 1849? Are shellfish resources still important to today's local economy? Join Stream Team for a free Tending the Tidelands field class on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will discuss the historic and current importance of shellfish in South Puget Sound, visit a local manila clam harvesting site, tour a shellfish processing plant operated by Taylor Shellfish Farms and finish the tour with a shellfish tasting.

So grab your boots and bring your appetites for a day of exploring tidelands and the taste of locally grown and harvested shellfish.Participants should bring a sack lunch and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Youth under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Transportation is provided and space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Chris Maun at 754-3355 ext. 6377 or maunc@co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3