Oysterville, Willapa Bay

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Oysterville is located in Willapa Bay on the southwest coast of Washington State and separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Long Beach Peninsula. The Long Beach Peninsula is known for its continuous sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean side. It is 28 miles (45 km) in extent, and claimed to be the longest beach in the U.S.. Willapa Bay is the second largest estuary on the U.S. Pacific coast with an area over 260 square miles (67,340 ha).

Willapa Bay is known for its biodiversity and much of it has been set aside as part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge that includes over 15,000 acres (6070 ha) of tidelands, temperate rainforest, ocean beaches, and small streams. It also includes several rare remnants of old growth coastal cedar forest.

The bay is home to a local oyster and seafood processing industry and approximately 9% of all oysters in the U.S. are grown here. Oyster farming is an aquaculture practiced since the 1st century BC in Europe, but is now being threatened by ocean acidification. The ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and becomes more acidic and corrosive, and this affects oysters (and other shellfish) because the young larvae cannot produce calcium carbonate fast enough to grow their shells. Read more here and here. Download the latest version of the CoastView app and explore more of Oysterville here:

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