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

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 70 members with operations from Alaska to Florida.

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If you're in the shellfish industry and care about our climate, please join!

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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 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.

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

Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition Members

Pacific

Alaska
Jakalof Oysters

California
Carlsbad Oyster Co.
Hog Island Oyster Co.

Oregon
Whiskey Creek

Washington
Baywater
Hama Hama Co.
HC Snail
Hood Canal Mariculture
JJ Brenner Shellfish Farm
Kamilche Sea Farms
Pacific Hybreed
Taylor Shellfish Farms

Canada

Industrial Plankton

Northeast

Connecticut
Harmony Sea Farm
Niantic Bay Shellfish
Oyster Club
Sixpenny Oysters
Thimble Islands

Maine
Chebeague Island Oyster Co.
Glidden Point
Love Point Oysters
Maine Shellfish Developers
Mere Point Oysters
Mook Sea Farm
Nonesuch Oysters
Oyster Tracker
Pemaquid Oyster Farm

Massachusetts
Aquacultural Research Corp.
Beach Point Shellfish
Cottage City Oysters
Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farm
Island Creek Oysters
Mac's Seafood
Merry Oysters
Pangea Shellfish
SEAPA USA
Sweetheart Creek
Ward Aquafarms
Wellfleet Seafood Co.

New Hampshire
Cedar Point Oyster Farm
Fox Point Oysters

Rhode Island
Allen Harbor Oysters
American Mussel Harvesters
Matunuck Oyster Farm
Walrus and Carpenter

Mid-Atlantic

Maryland
Congressional Seafood

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

New Jersey
Barnegat Oyster Collective
Betsy's Cape Shore Salts
Cape May Salt Oyster Co.
Greene Hook
Lighthorse Tavern

Gulf Coast / Southeast

Alabama
Bama Bay Oyster Farm
Bon Secour Bay Oyster Co.
Depe's Oysters
Fairhope Oyster Co.
Maureena Jean's Oysters

Florida
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
Kimball House
Sapelo Sea Farms
Watchman's

Louisiana
Bright Side Oysters
Grand Isle Sea Farms

Mississippi
Fountain's Deer Island Oysters

North Carolina
Hold Fast Oyster Co.
Oysters Carolina

South Carolina
Barrier Island Oyster Co.
Charleston Oyster Farm
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

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
South Carolina Aquarium
James Beard Foundation

Individuals

Mary and Brad Burnham
Keri Chiaponne
Gef Fimlin 
Dorothy Leonard
Sandy McFarlane
Bill Moore
Bob Rheault
Mandy Uticone
Bill and Beth Walton