Restoration is the act of returning something to a former condition. In this section, we talk about efforts to restore the native Olympia oyster. Approaches to, and even definitions of restoration, vary among projects. Some of us are attempting to introduce oysters back to places where they were once present, while others are working to increase existing populations to historic levels. In other cases, we don't know exactly how many oysters once existed at a given site and we simply want to enhance the population of a native species that was once more plentiful along its range. Read on to find out more about why, how and where we are doing Olympia oyster restoration.