Lecture: Recovering Pinto Abalone

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: January 22, 2023


Sunday, January 22, 2023
3 p.m.
Fort Worden Chapel
To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for the event; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

Assisted Listening Devices available.

"Recovering Pinto Abalone: use of conservation aquaculture to give the Salish Sea’s largest rocky-reef cleaning marine snail a population boost"
Presented by Josh Bouma
Abalone Program Director,
Puget Sound Restoration Fund

Pinto abalone in Washington waters have undergone long-term declines, are currently at an extreme low abundance and are facing potential population collapse. In 2019, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) listed this ecologically important rocky-reef grazer as a state endangered species. Puget Sound Restoration Fund leads a collaboration of recovery partners aiming to rebuild stocks to self-sustaining levels. A primary restoration strategy is the introduction of cultured juveniles into the wild; partners including WDFW, NOAA, the PTMSC, Seattle Aquarium, the University of Washington, Western Washington University and others have developed and implemented a conservation aquaculture program responsibly producing abalone progeny for outplanting. Over the past decade, partners have carefully released 45,000 genetically diverse, healthy Pinto abalone to 28 restoration sites in the San Juan Archipelago, setting the stage for scaled up recovery efforts to save this iconic species.

Josh Bouma is a shellfish biologist, scientific diver and Abalone Recovery Program Director at Puget Sound Restoration Fund. He leads Pinto abalone conservation aquaculture efforts, research and field programs aimed at recovery of this charismatic and unique, but severely threatened native mollusk. Josh also manages the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm for PSRF. He earned an MS in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Josh enjoys diving, eating seafood, growing things to eat and drink on his small hobby farm and spending time with family.


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.