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).

DOH Shellfish Safety Information

Visit the DOH site to find out which marine beaches have harvest advisories or are closed to shellfish harvest.

Statewide Shellfish Harvest Rules and Limits

WDFW provides species-specific information on shellfish harvest seasons and areas.

Shellfish Safety

Mason County Community Services lays out tips to reduce the risk of health and safety concerns when recreationally harvesting shellfish.



Resources for Homeowners

More Information Coming Soon!


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:


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