The locally harvestable foods indicator is intended to track the frequency of collecting different Puget Sound wild foods for traditional, subsistence, and recreational use. These include: fish, shellfish, mushrooms/plants, and animal meat.
Average response to engagement in hunting, fishing, or foraging on a five-point scale (where 1 is never and 5 is frequently).
Key Vital Sign Indicator Results
On average, most Puget Sound residents rarely harvest local foods other than plants and berries. The mean response to all local foods was 1.42, which equates to halfway between rarely (1-2 times per season) and never.
Plants, berries, and mushrooms are the most likely local foods to be harvested, with about 58 percent of the population collecting at least one time per season.
Approximately 28 percent of people fish for food, 25 percent collect crab or shrimp, and 19 percent collect oysters, mussels or clams (excluding razor clams).
Few people engage in hunting. Approximately seven percent hunt deer or elk. Less than four percent hunt waterfowl. See Interpretation of Results for more information.