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.
Respondents were asked to rate their engagement in hunting, fishing, or foraging on a five-point scale from 'Never' (1) to 'Frequently - more than 10 times a season' (5) for the following resources in Puget Sound.
Key Vital Sign Indicator Results
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 14 percent of people harvest deer, elk or waterfowl.
Approximately 35 percent of people harvest fish or shellfish.
Local foods harvest for all foods was higher for the purposive Latinx sample than both the Latinx and non-Latinx general survey respondents.
There was slightly higher collection of local foods in San Juan and Jefferson counties.