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National Shellfish Initiative
|Oyster farming, Cambridge, MD
A volunteer helps transplant oysters in Yaquina Bay, OR.
Since its inception, NOAA and its partners have made welcome progress on many fronts with the initiative. Check out what we’ve accomplished so far.
Benefits of Shellfish
NOAA recognizes the broad suite of economic, social, and environmental benefits provided by shellfish, including
- jobs and business opportunities;
- meeting the growing demand for seafood;
- habitat for important commercial, recreational, and endangered and threatened species;
- species recovery;
- cleaner water and nutrient removal; and
- shoreline protection.
Working with Partners
Efforts are underway with partners in several states to expand opportunities for shellfish farming and restoration. A comprehensive partnership in Washington is promoting new economic opportunities, restoration, improved water quality, and science.
We will work with public and private partners on:
- spatial planning and permitting
- environmental research
- restoration and farming techniques
For more background on the National Shellfish Initiative, including contact information by region, check out the National Shellfish Initiative Fact Sheet.