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

Climate Change Stories

Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition

A partnership between shellfish growers across the United States and The Nature Conservancy to inspire climate action now.

Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition Statement

From October 1, 2019

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Anywhere there’s a shoreline, you can find signs of the impacts of climate change—sea level rise, ocean acidification, increased frequency and severity of storms. You’ll also find shellfish growers, many of whom have been making their living farming from the sea for generations, and whose businesses form the backbone of their small-town coastal communities.

In 2018, a group of seven shellfish growers from both the east and west coasts formed a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to create the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition (SGCC), whose members are dedicated to bringing about climate policy action by sharing their stories of how climate change is already harming their operations, their businesses and their communities. In less than a year, the SGCC grew to over 100 members with operations from Alaska to Florida.

See where our member shellfish growers are located.

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What is the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition? Member businesses recognize that climate change poses a threat to businesses and food production for a growing human population.

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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. 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.

In the Media

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PBS News Hour

Oyster farms impacted by climate change - New Hampshire

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Cape Cod Times - Massachusetts

Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition Members



Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery
Blue Starr Oyster Co.
Jakalof Oysters
Sea Grove Kelp Co.


Carlsbad Oyster Co. 
Hog Island Oyster Co. 
San Diego Bay Aquaculture


Olympia Oyster Bar
Whiskey Creek


Calm Cove Oyster Co.
Chelsea Farms
Hama Hama Co. 
HC Snail
Hood Canal Mariculture
JJ Brenner Shellfish Farm
Kamilche Sea Farms
Pacific Hybreed
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Willapa Wild


Industrial Plankton



Harmony Sea Farm
Max’s Oyster Bar
Niantic Bay Shellfish
Oyster Club
Sixpenny Oysters
Thimble Islands Ocean Farm


Aphrodite Oysters
Bangs Island Mussel
Bar Harbor Oyster Company
Butterfield Shellfish Co.
Chebeague Island Oyster Co.
Dewey's Shellfish
Emily's Oysters
Eros Oysters
Glidden Point
Lane Island Oysters
Love Point Oysters
Long Cove Sea Farm
Maine Ocean Farms 
Maine Oyster Co.
Maine Shellfish Developers
Mere Point Oysters
Mook Sea Farm.
Nice Oyster Co.
Nonesuch Oysters
North Haven Oyster Co.
Oyster Tracker
Pemaquid Oyster Farm
Snow Island Oysters


Aquacultural Research Corp.
Beach Point Shellfish
Cape Cod Oyster Co.
Cottage City Oysters
Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farm
Great Marsh Shellfish Co. 
Island Creek Oysters
Mac's Seafood
Merry Oysters
Pangea Shellfish
Sweetheart Creek
Thatch Island Oysters
Ward Aquafarms
Wellfleet Seafood Co.

New Hampshire

Cedar Point Oyster Farm
Fox Point Oysters
NH Superior Oysters

Rhode Island

Allen Harbor Oysters
American Mussel Harvesters
Aquidneck Island Oysters
Behan Family Farm
Matunuck Oyster Farm
Walrus and Carpenter
Watch Hill Oysters



Congressional Seafood

New York

Aeros Cultured Oysters
Cleaver Co.
Crave Fish Bar
Cull & Pistol
Dock to Dish
Fishers Island Oyster Farm
Gaiergy Corporation
Green Point Fish
Hampton Oyster Co.
Little Creek Oysters
Lobster Place
Lucky 13 Oysters
Marlow Collective
Montauk Shellfish Co.
Race Rock Shellfish
Salt Water Oyster Farm
Stein Seafoods
West Robins
Widow's Hole Oysters

New Jersey

40 North
Barnegat Oyster Collective
Betsy's Cape Shore Salts
Cape May Salt Oyster Co.
Greene Hook
Laughing Gull Oyster Farm
Lighthorse Tavern
Sloop Point Oysters

Gulf Coast / Southeast


Bama Bay Oyster Farm
Bon Secour Bay Oyster Co.
Depe's Oysters
Fairhope Oyster Co.
Maureena Jean's Oysters
Point au Pins 


Cedar Key Sea Farms
Chiles Rest. Group
Grayson Bay Oyster Co.
Indian River Oyster Co.
Lost Coast Oyster Co.
Oyster Mom
Palmetto Oyster Co.
Pelican Oyster Co.
Pensacola Bay Oysters


Kimball House


Bright Side Oysters
Grand Isle Sea Farms


Fountain's Deer Island Oysters

North Carolina

Hold Fast Oyster Co.
N. SEA. Oyster company
Oysters Carolina

South Carolina

Barrier Island Oyster Co.
Charleston Oyster Farm
Lady Island Oysters


Henrietta Red


Oyster Seed Holdings
Rappahannock Oyster Co.
Rogue Oysters
Spencer's Creek
Vogt Oysters
White Stone Oyster Co.

Friends of the Coalition


Aquarium of the Pacific
East Coast Shellfish Growers Association
Florida Shellfish Aquaculture Association
James Beard Foundation
Maine Aquaculture Association 
Massachusetts Aquaculture Association 
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
RPS Group
South Carolina Aquarium


Mary and Brad Burnham
Keri Chiaponne
Gef Fimlin 
Dorothy Leonard
Nicolette Mariano
Sandy McFarlane
Bill Moore
Julie Qiu, In A Half Shell
Bob Rheault
Mandy Uticone
Bill and Beth Walton