Rachel and her husband, John, reside on a family... Read More
Rachel and her husband, John, reside on a family farm (southsoundoysters.com) on the shores of Hammersly Inlet in Shelton, Wash. Here, along with sons Zachary and Lukas, they harvest Sea Cow and Sea Nymph oysters available at the Hama Hama Oyster Co. Raised on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, her passion for bivalves and the biodiversity of Pacific waters began at a young age gathering clams and oysters by Coleman lantern on the winter tides. Today Rachel manages tourism for Hood Canal and lower south Puget Sound’s Hammersly and Totten Inlets, home and nursery to many of the Northwest’s geoducks. Currently she is partnering with Washington Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), Washington Shellfish Initiative and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to create the Washington Shellfish Trail to provide itineraries for fellow bivalve lovers to visit Washington’s shellfish farms, public gathering beaches and restaurants, while educating on shellfish safety and best practices.