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Fishers Island Oyster Farm Workers at Fishers Island Oyster Farm examining oyster cages. ©: Julia Qiu Photography

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The Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition

A partnership between shellfish growers on both the East Coast and the West Coast in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.

Human impact on the Earth's climate system is well-documented, and it's happening right now. The founding farmers of the SGCC recognize that climate change and carbon pollution pose a range of threats to their businesses and to food production more generally.

 Members of the SGCC agree that:

  • Human impact on the Earth’s climate system is well documented, scientifically understood and profound.
  • Taking action to address climate change is imperative to secure the viability of our businesses, our communities, and the natural resources they depend upon.
  • Improving people’s understanding of climate change and its impact on our businesses represent an important way to promote and enact climate policies that guide America to a low carbon future. 

The SGCC is committed to shining a light on how climate change is already affecting food production in the United States, and using the stories of shellfish growers and other businesses endangered by climate change as a way to start a broader conversation about the urgent need for climate action. Consumers care about where their food comes from, and whether the foods they love will continue to be available to them.We want more policy makers to recognize that it is not just jobs and the communities they support at stake as a result of climate change, but whether or not we will be able to feed a growing human population.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Join: The SGCC welcomes new business members. Climate change affects not only shellfish growers, but wholesalers, restaurants and others in the food industry. Your company’s participation in the Coalition is vital to demonstrate to the public and to lawmakers that our industry is deeply concerned not just about its prosperity, but its very survival, and that climate change is of concern not just to those who grow and consume shellfish, but everyone.

To join, contact Sally McGee of The Nature Conservancy. smcgee@tnc.org

Learn: A big part of the SGCC’s mission is education –  learn about climate change, ocean acidification, shellfish farms and most importantly, what you can do to help. Watch our video about how climate change affects the industry and what the Coalition is doing about it.”

Support: SGCC is grateful to all its members, and especially to its non-profit partner, The Nature Conservancy. You can support the work of the coalition by reaching out to Sally McGee of The Nature Conservancy. smcgee@tnc.org



Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition Members



Pacific

Baywater
Carlsbad Oyster Co.
Hama Hama Co.
HC Snail
Hog Island Oyster Co.
Hood Canal Mariculture
Jakalof Oysters
JJ Brenner Shellfish Farm
Kamilche Sea Farms
Pacific Hybreed
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Whiskey Creek

Northeast

Allen Harbor Oysters
American Mussel Harvesters
Aquaculture Research Corporation
Beach Point Shellfish
Cedar Point Oyster Farm
Chebeague Is Oyster Co.
Cottage City Oysters
Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms
Fox Point Oysters
Island Creek Oysters
Love Point Oysters
Macís Seafood
Matunuck Oyster Farm
Mere Point Oysters
Merry Oysters
Mook Sea Farm
Niantic Bay
Nonesuch Oysters
Nonesuch Oysters
Oyster Club
Oyster Tracker
Pangea Shellfish
Pemaquid Oyster Farm
SEAPA USA
Sixpenny Oysters
Sweetheart Creek
Thimble Islands
Walrus and Carpenter
Ward Aquafarms
Wellfleet Seafood Company

Mid-Atlantic

Aeros Cultured Oysters
Barnegat Oyster Collective
Cape May Salt Oyster Co.
Cleaver Co.
Crave Fish Bar
Dock to Dish
Fishers Island Oyster Farm
Gaiergy Corporation
Green Point Fish
Greene Hook
Hampton Oyster Co.
Lighthorse Tavern
Little Creek Oysters
Lobster Place
Oysterponds
Peeko Oysters/Stein Seafood
Race Rock
Salt Water Oyster Farm
West Robins
Widow's Hole Oysters

Gulf Coast / Southeast

Barrier Island
Bon Secour Bay
Caminada Bay
Chas Oyster Farm
Depe's Oysters
Henrietta Red
Kimball House
Lady Island Oysters
Oyster Seed Hldngs VA
Oysters Carolina
Palmetto Oyster Co.
Pelican Oyster Co.
Rappahannock
Rogue Oysters
Spencers Creek
Vogt Oysters
White Stone

Our Stories

  • Sally McGee

    A Conversation with Sally McGee

    The Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition is a partnership initiated by seven shellfish farms and TNC. Sally McGee is the project manager. Photo Credit: © Anna Swain Photography Explore

  • Shellfish

    Market Choice Act

    SGCC Statement on the Market Choice Act Explore