Shellfish growers contribute $110 million a year to the region’s economy and provide thousands of family-wage jobs in coastal communities.
For example, shellfish farming is the largest employer in Pacific County, Washington, and the second largest employer in Mason County, Washington, with a combined annual payroll of $27 million.
Shellfish also do their part to reduce America’s trade deficit. Because locally raised shellfish are exported around the world, Pacific Coast shellfish farming brings in millions of dollars each year from foreign countries — money that directly benefits our federal, state and local economies.
Pacific Coast shellfish growers produce more than 106,000,000 pounds of healthy, delicious shellfish each year and contribute more than $110 million a year to the region’s economy.