Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Timeline
Welcome to the Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Timeline. This project is part of the Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study project, which is an effort to improve the long-term sustainability of shellfish aquaculture in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor under changing environmental conditions.
The study is coordinated by Washington Sea Grant and advised by a team of independent scientists and a diverse working group representing owners, managers, and regulators of tideland resources in the two estuaries. This study is intended to provide solutions to current challenges and support the creation of an ongoing structure to facilitate problem-solving as challenges continue to arise in our region for shellfish growers.
The timeline is a working document intended to provide an overview of the history of shellfish aquaculture and its challenges, and give a sense of the major events related to shellfish aquaculture, specifically in the Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor estuaries of Washington State from 1850 to the present.
As a working document, we are continually adding content and updating information to the timeline. If you have content to contribute, please contact Brent Vadopalas, Washington Sea Grant aquaculture specialist, at email@example.com. This project was funded in part by the Governor’s Office, the Washington State Legislature, and Washington Sea Grant.
Washington Sea Grant created this timeline using the best available records, including Washington State Session Laws, peer-reviewed scientific literature, historical accounts, federal and state agency reports, and historical newspapers. Additionally, we added verified information from personal communications that were made available. In particular, we relied on information provided by Brady Blake, a shellfish biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, whose in-depth knowledge of shellfish harvest and culture history was critical to the project.