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.


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.

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Kamilche Sea Farm
Shelton, WA Kamilche Sea Farms' Anne Appleby and Charlie Stephens © Garrett Martin

Heard on the Half Shell

Hear featured stories from coalition members, friends and supporters—and share your own story about the impacts of climate change.

Coalition Membership by Region

  • Pacific


    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


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


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


    Industrial Plankton
    Ondine Oceanfarm

  • Northeast


    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
    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


    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
    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


    Congressional Seafood
    Oyster Ninja

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

  • Southeast / Gulf Coast


    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


    Inland Seafood
    Kimball House


    Bright Side Oysters
    Grand Isle Sea Farms


    Fountain's Deer Island Oysters

    North Carolina

    Carolina Gold Oyster Co.
    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
    Lady Island Oysters


    Henrietta Red


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

We Need You

If you're a shellfish industry business and care about acting on climate, join today.

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Consumers care about where their food comes from, and they want to know that the foods they love will continue to be available to them. The SGCC is committed to shining a light on how climate change is already affecting food production in the United States, using the stories of shellfish growers and other businesses endangered by its impacts to start a broader conversation about the urgent need for action.

We're helping policymakers recognize that jobs and the communities they support aren't the only things at stake as a result of climate change—but also our ability to feed a growing human population.

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.

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 • Scott Soares • Mandy Uticone • Bill and Beth Walton

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.