Pacific Shellfish Institute

Pacific Shellfish Institute fosters sustainable shellfish resources and a healthy marine environment through research and education.

Activities are aimed at:

  • Supporting sustainable shellfish production and restoration
  • Protecting marine ecosystems
  • Reducing user-conflicts
  • Informing coastal planning decisions.

Most of our activities focus on publicly-funded research projects to evaluate the ecology, health and diseases of shellfish. We also conduct social research to characterize the status of shellfish production and restoration along the West Coast, including socio-economic assessments of the benefits and costs of shellfish production, and barriers to entry for the shellfish industry.

PSI emphasizes sound science, broad partnerships and meaningful stakeholder collaboration. Our vision is healthy ecosystems and sustainable coastal communities that understands the ecological, economic, and social contributions of shellfish and shellfish aquaculture to the region.