Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative
HCCC is working with a multi-stakeholder group of Hood Canal shellfish community partners to develop an action plan with multi-benefit approaches to support Hood Canal's shellfish culture.
The effort will include a comprehensive review of the barriers and opportunities to sustain robust shellfish resources that support a healthy ecosystem and community. The result will be an actionable workplan to achieve desired ecological and social outcomes, including: support of sustainable shellfish operations, conservation of local shellfish populations, and preservation of the community's connection to local shellfish.
A collaborative, inclusive group will develop strategies and actions that prioritize shellfish resource areas using multidimensional data sets with integrated ecological and social data to restore or protect, and increase shellfish resources in Hood Canal, focusing on native, cultural, and commercially important species and locations.
Current proposed actions include:
- Identify priority shellfish resource areas
- Outline information gaps to support the sustainable shellfish industry and native populations
- Examine land use policies and permitting practices’ impacts on shellfish activities
- Expand public awareness of the value and importance of shellfish resources to the region
- Identify climate adaptation strategies
- Highlight actions to protect water quality for shellfish resources
The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Action Plan will include priorities to support a sustainable shellfish aquaculture industry, address research gaps and policy needs, develop and explore localized climate adaptation interventions, and identify opportunities to continue support for shellfish grower and restoration partner collaboration in priority Hood Canal estuaries where important salmon habitat and shellfish beds co-exist and have been prioritized for restoration.
HCCC is currently planning a Hood Canal Shellfish Summit in 2019. More information to be added soon!