Shellfish have greatly impacted the local culture, tradition, economy, and recreation of South Puget Sound. Both recreational and commercial shellfish harvest are vital to the community. Whether you’re a lifelong Puget Sound resident or just visiting the area, check out the resources and information below to enjoy all that Shellfish have to offer!
Resources for Recreational Shellfish Harvest
Washington shellfish resources are managed by the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Visit the DOH site to find out which marine beaches have harvest advisories or are closed to shellfish harvest.
WDFW provides species-specific information on shellfish harvest seasons and areas.
Mason County Community Services lays out tips to reduce the risk of health and safety concerns when recreationally harvesting shellfish.
Resources for Homeowners
Washington State Shellfish Initiative
The Washington Shellfish Initiative is a partnership between state and local government, Tribes, industry, and non-government partners to promote clean water, healthy shellfish, and a robust local economy. In 2016, Governor Inslee launched the second phase of the Initiative. Visit the Governor’s website to learn more:
Local Shellfish Celebrations:
- Anthony’s Oyster Festival: March | Thurston and Pierce County
- Allen Geoduck Festival: April | Allen, WA
- Hama Hama Oyster Rama: April | Mason County
- Shellfish SLURP: April | Thurston County
- Washington Shellfish Week: June | Statewide celebration and events
- Oysterfest: October 7th & 8th | Shelton, WA