Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm


Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been invested in the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm since 2002, along with our partners, Washington State University, Elliott’s Oyster House and Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association.  At the outset, we wanted to join hands with others in the watershed to restore clean water in an historic shellfish growing area – and good things have happened as a result of this collaborative undertaking.  In the face of increased development, and contrary to predicted trends, water quality has improved.

On January 27, 2010, the Washington Department of Health upgraded 240 acres of the Henderson Inlet commercial growing area to Approved.  The Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm is now located on approved ground.  This represents a huge community triumph.  Hats off to residents, businesses and local governments within the Henderson Inlet watershed for tackling pollution sources and improving water quality for all.

On June 13, the Washington Department of Health upgraded 100 acres of shellfish harvesting area in Henderson Inlet, based on improved marine water quality. A lot of great work by their Thurston County partners and area residents made this possible. For more information about this upgrade and to view their news release follow this link:

  • Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
  • Volunteer Farmers
  • Thurston County
  • Thurston Conservation District
  • The Russell Family Foundation
  • Washington State University
  • Elliott’s Oyster House
  • Washington Department of Health
  • Nisqually Shellfish Farm
  • National Fish and Oyster Co.
  • Nisqually Reach Nature Center
  • Western Oyster Company
  • Taylor Shellfish Farms
  • Chelsea Farms
  • South Sound Green
  • Pacific Shellfish Institute
  • Olympia Seafood Company
  • Private tideland owners
  • Residents of the Henderson Inlet watershed


For more information about this project or to get involved, please contact Derek King at derek@restorationfund.org