Willapa-Grays Harbor Estuary Collaborative


The Willapa-Grays Harbor Estuary Collaborative is a multi-constituent body facilitated by Washington Sea Grant that seeks to increase the resilience of local communities and ecosystems on the southwest Washington coast while building trust and common understandings. 

Building on the Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study working group, Collaborative members include representatives from shellfish aquaculture and other local industries, tribes, environmental NGOs, local government, and state and federal agencies. 

The Willapa-Grays Harbor Estuary Collaborative is dedicated to transparency, engagement, and education and welcomes public input. Quarterly meetings to advance ecosystem-based management for the coastal estuaries are held in rotating locations in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties, and meetings are open to the public. We also encourage public participation in Collaborative Subgroups, which work on specific issues and targeted projects between quarterly meetings.

  • Find meeting agendas, meeting minutes, reports, and other materials on the WGHEC website (wghec.org)
  • Sign up to join the Coast Shellfish listserv.
  • Sign up to attend a Quarterly Meeting or participate in a Subgroup

News and Updates

The WGHEC released a statement regarding European Green Crab on the coast. 

2023 Quarterly Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • February 16, 2023 – Events on Emerson in Hoquiam 
  • May 11, 2023 – Capital Event Center in Tumwater
  • August 30, 2023 – Tradewinds on the Bay Event Center in Tokeland
  • November 2, 2023 – Tradewinds on the Bay Event Center in Tokeland

2023 Subgroups

  • Local Capacity and Workforce Development
  • Education and Outreach
  • Funding and Resources
  • System Modeling