Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture

In the Pacific Northwest, the shellfish industry injects an estimated $270 million a year into the region's economy, bringing jobs to over 3,200 people, primarily in coastal communities. For over 150 years, our tidelands have served as productive farm beds for nutritious and delicious oysters, clams, and mussels.  In California, abalone, oysters, and scallops are cultured.

Shellfish production requires a healthy, functioning ecosystem to provide safe water quality and appropriate quantities of phytoplankton for food. Scientific research indicates well-managed shellfish farming can improve water quality, species diversity, and habitat complexity. To enjoy the benefits of a thriving shellfish industry- from jobs in our communities to food on our tables- we need a healthy ecosystem.