If the Legislature does nothing else this session, it should pass SB 6145. It’s a pearl of bill that designates Ostrea lurida as our state’s official oyster.
We already have an official insect (green darner dragonfly) and an official fish (steelhead trout), so why not an oyster?
The Ostrea lurida, commonly known as the Olympia oyster, is the only oyster native to Washington, and it has many enduring qualities. Chief among them are its ability to decrease the potential for Red Tide and balance nutrient input in the water.
The designation would recognize our city’s important 19th-century oyster industry.