This indicator tracks noncommercial bivalve harvest through an estimate of the number of people harvesting clams or oysters for personal use each year at a portion of public beaches in Puget Sound. Personal use is defined here to include harvest for recreation, food security, cultural and family heritage, as well as other personal and emotional experiences. The ability to harvest shellfish depends on the health of the resource, water quality, and access to publicly owned shellfish beds.
Number of people harvesting bivalves (clams or oysters) for personal use each year at 34 public beaches across three Puget Sound regions: North Sound and Admiralty Inlet (12 beaches), Hood Canal (15 beaches), and Central and South Puget Sound (7 beaches).
No targets are currently set for this indicator.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated clam and oyster harvester-days from aerial surveys