Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative
Working together for the future of Hood Canal shellfish
The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative is a multi-benefit approach to enhance Hood Canal’s valued shellfish resources. HCCC worked with Hood Canal shellfish partners in a collaborative and inclusive process to identify coordinated and prioritized strategies and actions to support and expand Hood Canal’s thriving shellfish resources, honor tribal treaty rights, build resilience, pursue ecosystem protection and restoration, and support careful stewardship of commercial and recreational shellfish harvest now and into the future.
Hood Canal’s communities and its local governments are committed to maintaining its place-based identity by protecting its shellfish resources from the increasing impacts of water pollution, land use changes from the region’s dynamic population growth, increasing recreational and commercial demand, and the changing climate’s effects on the canal’s water temperature and chemistry.
Representatives from Hood Canal ecosystem recovery partners, local governments and tribes, and the Hood Canal community will come together (virtually) to discuss protecting and enhancing our critical shellfish resources.
Speakers will be featured, and the draft Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan will be presented with opportunities to provide feedback.
October 22, 2020
Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan
The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan contains a comprehensive review of the barriers and opportunities to sustain robust shellfish resources that support a healthy ecosystem and community. It establishes objectives, selects policy areas of focus, and prioritizes actions to address the commercial, recreational, ecological, and human wellbeing aspects of Hood Canal shellfish. The Action Plan presents a prioritized list of actions to guide the planning of shellfish protection, management, and funding efforts across Hood Canal.
Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Objectives
Protect and improve Hood Canal's water quality
Protect and improve Hood Canal shellfish habitat
Promote culture appreciation of Hood Canal shellfish
Support a sustainable Hood Canal shellfish industry
Expand harvest opportunities for Hood Canal treaty tribes, the local community, and visitors
Restore native Hood Canal Olympia oyster populations
Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative - Draft Action Plan Feedback Form
Provide feedback on the draft Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan using the online comment form linked below. Comments will be accepted until Nov 11, 2020.