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Inslee signs bill making Olympia bivalve the official state oyster

OlympianMarch 28, 2014 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks at a plate of Olympia oysters before signing a bill making the shellfish the official oyster of Washington state on Friday. The oysters are small and flat and found in low tide areas, mudflats and gravel bars in estuaries and bays.

RACHEL LA CORTE — AP

The Olympia oyster is now the official oyster of Washington state.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6145 on Friday, and it officially takes effect in mid-June. The ostrea lurida, commonly known as the Olympia oyster, is the only oyster native to Washington state.

Olympia oysters are small, flat oysters that are found in low tide areas, mudflats and gravel bars in estuaries and bays.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Brian Hatfield of Raymond, was a school project of Claire Thompson, an eighth-grader at the Nova School in Olympia.

 

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