Shellfish Grant Program


Ongoing closures of shellfish growing areas in Puget Sound and along the Pacific coast indicate continuing problems in water quality. With concerns over the impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish, all natural resource issues impacting shellfish need to be addressed to support the resiliency of shellfish production.

Program overview

This legislative appropriation is provided to the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) to fund conservation district projects that improve water quality in shellfish harvest areas. This is capital funding, which lasts for the entire biennium, with the sole purpose of putting projects on the ground. View the full program guidelines (for conservation districts).

How it works

Each of the 45 conservation districts around the state enter projects into the SCC Conservation Data Practice System (CDPS) and rank their projects in order of importance. The SCC is taking “results-focused” approach to administering program funds – conservation districts submit proposals to fund clusters of projects located within the same watershed, river system, or sub-basin where there’s an identified resource concern. When funding is allocated to the Commission, our staff pulls funding reports out of the CPDS database to decide project allocations.

See examples of our targeted implementation of shellfish funding.


Contact Karla Heinitz, 360.407.6212

Quick facts about the Shellfish Program:
  • Funds manure storage, livestock exclusion, riparian restoration, and other practices that improve water quality in shellfish areas.
  • Since 2013, the SCC has helped conservation districts fund over 200 shellfish projects.
  • During the 2013-15 biennium, shellfish projects improved over 5,200 acres of land and habitat.

Skagit Conservation District used shellfish grants to fund 37 projects that address water quality in priority shellfish harvest areas, such as Samish Bay