Shellfish play a vital role in the ecology of Wellfleet Harbor and the economy of Wellfleet. Wellfleet is one of the leaders in commercial shellfish production in Massachusetts, producing about 23% of the shellfish landings, worth approximately $4,500,000. However, shellfish are particularly vulnerable to climate change and variability. The National Marine Fisheries Service ranks shellfish as among the most vulnerable of fish stocks in the northeastern US.
The website is intended to support planning in Wellfleet that will address the potential impacts of climate change on shellfish and shellfishing in the near and long terms. The information provided can help to inform the boards and committees responsible for the many activities that impact the harbor and shellfishing in Wellfleet Harbor. This website provides an overview of the climate-related threats to shellfish and commercial shellfishing in Wellfleet Harbor and potential strategies that can be considered by the Town of Wellfleet to prevent and mitigate their impacts.