Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe eyes Point Hudson oyster nursery

Proposal to install small float to be discussed Wednesday

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe wants to grow young shellfish in Point Hudson Marina.

The proposal to install a small float as an oyster nursery at the facility will be discussed by Port of Port Townsend commissioners at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The public can watch the proceedings via digital media.

Port commissioners also will review the 2021 port budget and rate adjustments.

The tribe is interested in leasing one of the Point Hudson buildings for a possible seafood market and oyster bar, the port said in a meeting announcement.

The floating upweller system, or FLUPSY for the first two letters in each word, would be located in a corner of Point Hudson, the announcement said.

The tribe operates a larger array of FLUPSY floats inside John Wayne Marina in Sequim, which port commissioners have visited.

“Locating a FLUPSY inside a marina protects the juvenile oysters from predators and allows it to be used for educational purposes,” the port said.

When the oysters are mature enough, they would be relocated to another facility.

“The Jamestown S’Klallam are working with the port to explore the possibility of returning seafood commerce and tribal culture to Point Hudson,” Kyle E. Johnson, the tribe’s Economic Development Authority executive director, said in the announcement.

For information on the meeting, visit portofpt.com. Under “Governance,” go to “Meeting Schedule” then to “Sept. 23.”

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