PCSGA and East Coast Shellfish Growers Association walked alongside one another in DC this year carrying important messages about the jobs we create and the economic development our community brings. While future policy under the new administration remains unwritten, the shellfish growers feel it’s important to continue our engagement on the hill with this annual trip. We spoke about how the recently published list of proposed cuts to NOAA’s budget will damage Sea Grant programs, industry applied research, and our ability to grow shellfish. Representatives acknowledge the contributions of the shellfish industry for creating jobs in rural communities, providing nourishing local food and improving our country’s food security, and ecosystem benefits of farmed shellfish … but the climate on the hill remains uncertain. Thank you to our member for taking time away from their farms to foster these important relationships with national and state leaders, and speak up on behalf of programs that support the shellfish industry!