DNR FORUM - A Sharing of Perspectives Online
a discussion about geoduck aquaculture on state-owned tidelands
In May 2010, DNR engaged in a public conversation to encourage people in a broad range of communities around the state to express their thoughts regarding geoduck aquaculture on state-owned public tidelands. The communities that DNR hoped to hear from included: the scientific, aquaculture, environmental, federal, state, and local governmental; and interested residents of Washington State.
Below you will find a link to the ‘DNR FORUM' conducted between May 3rd - 7th, 2010.
Below you also will find a variety of independent research sources, and we encourage you to inform us of any additional available research.
sustainable natural resource management
DNR is committed to sustainable natural resources management for the people of Washington, from which so many benefits flow. Providing information and seeking community discussion is an important part of an educated and thoughtful decision making. DNR began exploring the potential of geoduck aquaculture in 2003.
Wild Geoduck Fishery vs. Geoduck Aquaculture
Wild geoduck harvest from the state-owned beds of Puget Sound already occurs in specific areas between 18-and 70-feet deep. The wild geoduck fishery is jointly managed by DNR, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Puget Sound Treaty Indian Tribes (Tribes). Geoduck population size is estimated, a sustainable yield is determined, and the health of the geoduck stock — and the habitat they depend upon — are protected.
In comparison, geoduck aquaculture is the cultivation of geoduck clams on the saltwater tidelands. Tiny clams are seeded on the beach and protected with a collar of PVC pipe and nets until they are viable, roughly 2 years. The geoduck are harvested between 5 and 7 years of age.
Web research about geoduck aquaculture
Publications about Geoduck Aquaculture
To Participate in the Conversation on Geoduck Aquaculture click below
Please note: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources does not allow swearing, inappropriate photos, political rants, promotional services, advertisements or the sale of products on the DNR forum.