Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Shellfish Program

Program level:

State

Land use:

Agriculture

Provider:

County

Benefits provided: 

Financial

Water-focused program: 

Yes

Improve water quality for shellfish.

Overview

Description:

Projects voluntarily installed by conservation districts and landowners that build cumulative results for shellfish recovery. Pollutants flowing into Puget Sound and the Pacific coast periodically cause shellfish growing areas to close. These closures threaten our state’s shellfish industry – which generates an estimated 2,700 jobs and over $70 million in labor income per year – and our obligation to provide shellfish for tribal harvest.

The Shellfish Program helps fund voluntary, watershed-based efforts that are proven-effective at improving water quality and re-opening shellfish growing areas.

Eligibility:

Projects must improve water quality in shellfish areas.

Financial benefit: 

Funding for projects including manure management, livestock exclusion, stream restoration, and other projects

Contact information

Contact person: 

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Organization:

Local conservation district

Phone number: 

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Email: 

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Information last updated on November 1, 2021.

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