Jim Gibbons

Shellfish Producer, Coastal States
Institution / Organization: Seattle Shellfish

Jim Gibbons, founder and president of Seattle Shellfish, has greatly contributed to the aquaculture industry through his significant work in geoduck clam farming. A key player in the business for over two decades, his company is recognized as one of the largest geoduck farmers in South Puget Sound, Washington State. In addition to providing jobs for many skilled divers, Seattle Shellfish has played an active role in many industry milestones especially since the onset of commercial cultivation in 1997. Gibbons' leadership impact extends to his long-standing service on both the Board of Directors for the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and the Industry Advisory Council.

Before his successful career in aquaculture, Gibbons made his mark in various corporate roles in banking, technology and finance spanning across Alaska, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Seeking a change, he co-owned and managed a Victorian-style country inn in La Conner, WA for 14 years and explored a creative stint as a screenplay writer. Complementing his hands-on experience, Gibbons holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Business Administration with a minor in accounting and an MBA in Finance from American University. His written contributions include editing 'The Golden Rule: Safe Strategies of Sage Investors' and authoring ‘Fire! 38 Lifesaving Tips for You and Your Family'. These diverse experiences have played a vital role in shaping Gibbons' innovative approach to shellfish farming and have firmly established him as an influential figure within the aquaculture industry.


Geoduck clams


University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195
1122 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105


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