Island Creek Oysters workers preparing oyster cages.
Island Creek Oysters Workers handling oyster cages. © Island Creek Oysters

Climate Change Stories

Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition

Shellfish growers, wholesalers and restaurateurs from across the United States are uniting to speak up on climate.

Logo for the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition.
© TNC

ABOUT THE COALITION

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 U.S. shellfish growers formed a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to create the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition (SGCC). Members are dedicated to bringing about climate action by highlighting how climate change has impacted their lives and livelihoods.

Now, our members from coast to coast—and up and down the shellfish supply chain—are working together to advocate for sound climate policy and secure a low-carbon future to benefit the shellfish we love and the waters that sustain them—before it's too late.

OUR MEMBERS

Our members span every U.S. coast and Canada and represent the full shellfish industry supply chain—including growers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, caterers and vendors. Explore our full membership and our friends and supporters from outside the shellfish industry below.

Coalition Membership by Region

  • Pacific

    Alaska

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

    California

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

    Oregon

    Erizo
    Nevor Shellfish
    Olympia Oyster Bar
    Ronin Sushi
    Southpark Seafood
    Tidal Boar Foods
    Whiskey Creek

    Washington

    Baywater
    Calm Cove Oyster Co.
    Chelsea Farms
    Chuckanut Shellfish
    Eight Row
    Hama Hama Co.
    HC Snail
    Hood Canal Mariculture
    Hustleshuck
    JJ Brenner Shellfish Farm
    Kamilche Sea Farms
    Pacific Hybreed
    Taylor Shellfish Farms
    Tokeland Hotel & Restaurant
    Willapa Wild

    Canada

    Industrial Plankton
    Ondine Oceanfarm

  • Northeast

    Connecticut

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

    Maine

    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
    Lanes Island Oysters
    Long Cove Sea
    Love Point Oysters
    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

    Massachusetts

    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
    Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group
    Merry Oysters
    Mill Creek Oyster Co
    Pangea Shellfish
    SEAPA USA
    Sweetheart Creek Oyster Co
    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

  • Mid-Atlantic

    Maryland

    Congressional Seafood
    S.S. Shucking

    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
    Seven Bridges
    Sloop Point Oysters

    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.
    Oysterponds
    OystersXO
    Race Rock Shellfish
    Salt Water Oyster Farm
    Seamore's
    Stein Seafoods
    Thatch Island Oysters
    West Robins
    Widow's Hole Oysters

  • Southeast / Gulf Coast

    Alabama

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

    Florida

    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

    Georgia

    Inland Seafood
    Kimball House
    Watchman's

    Louisiana

    Bright Side Oysters
    Grand Isle Sea Farms

    Mississippi

    Fountain's Deer Island Oysters

    North Carolina

    Carolina Gold Oyster Co.
    Crystal Coast Oysters
    Hold Fast Oyster Co.
    Middle Sound Mariculture
    N. SEA. Oyster company
    Oysters Carolina
    Shephard's Point Oyster Co.
    Slash Creek Oyster Co.

    South Carolina

    Barrier Island Oyster Co.
    Charleston Oyster Farm
    Dok2Door
    Lady Island Oysters
    Seaborn

    Tennessee

    Henrietta Red

    Virginia

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

  • Friends of the Coalition

    Organizations

    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

    Individuals

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

Photo of SGCC members at the Library of Congress during Lobby Day 2019.
Speaking Up Each year, coalition members convene on Capitol Hill to speak to their Congressional representatives and advocate for sound climate policies. © The Nature Conservancy
Photo of a hand holding a Moondancer oyster from Mook Sea Farm in Maine.
Shellfish like oysters can benefit the marine ecosystem by filtering water, protecting shorelines and boosting biodiversity—but climate change is a growing threat to their numbers. © Bill Mook
Film Trailer Against the Tide documents the personal stories of shellfish business owners across the U.S., showing how shellfish growers are changing the game on climate.

Help us act on climate.

Your contribution today can help ensure a healthy and thriving tomorrow for the shellfish industry.