Climate Change

High tide during a storm event at Lone Tree Point. Photo credit: S. Grossman

As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, impacts from climate change and ocean acidification are altering habitat conditions for marine species and threaten to reduce fisheries productivity. Calcifying organisms are especially vulnerable to ocean acidification which makes it harder to build and maintain shells.

In the Swinomish Climate Adaptation Action Plan, the community identified several climate-related impacts as a high priority of concern that affects cultural identity and food security, including: increasing inundation of tidelands due to sea level rise, weakened viability due to habitat changes, and potential loss of harvest sites and opportunities due to impacts to shellfish populations and habitat. Therefore, to ensure future generations have access to healthy shellfish resources, the Shellfish Program incorporates climate change and its associated effects in all of our projects.

We also specifically address climate change impacts and adaptation measures in a number of targeted research projects and technical products.

Research projects

Technical products


Funders: SITC, Bureau of Indian Affairs Rights Protection Implementation, Climate Change Program and Tribal Climate Resilience Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PA-00J322-01, PA-00J99101, PA-01J76801, RD-83559501), Washington Sea Grant (NA19OAR4170387, NA18OAR4170095, NA18OAR4170095 16), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA21NMF4270364), Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center FY21 Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants (F14AP00495), Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International, PADI Foundation

Climate Change


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