Bill Dewey

Public Policy and Communications Director

Taylor Shellfish Company







Since receiving his degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington in 1981 Bill Dewey has worked thirty years as a shellfish farmer in Washington State. He is Manager of Public Policy and Communications for Taylor Shellfish Company, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the country, and owns and operates his own manila clam farm in Samish Bay. Bill has taken an active role throughout his career on environmental and human health regulations as they affect the shellfish farming community.

He serves on a number of boards and committees locally and nationally including the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association, the Pacific Shellfish Institute and Washington State’s Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel.

In 2006 the National Shellfisheries Association honored Bill with the David H. Wallace award in recognition of his service in promoting research, understanding and cooperation among shellfisheries scientists, culturists, managers, producers and regulators.

In 2008 NOAA presented Bill with their Environmental Hero award in recognition of the thousands of hours he has dedicated over the last two decades to help develop and implement public policy that protects water quality, marine resources and supports sustainable aquaculture.