Brett harvests shellfish from Pacific Northwest tidelands that have belonged to his family for six generations. At low tide, the waters of Washington's Little Skookum Inlet yield Manila clams and Pacific, Olympia, and Kumamoto oysters in abundance. Within hours of harvest, the shellfish are on their way to buyers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and East Coast cities.
Brett's forebears began marketing shellfish from Little Skookum in the 1880s, but the inlet has been known for its shellfish for much longer. The name Skookum means "fast water," a reference to the rapid flow of the tides in the area. A remote, narrow arm of Puget Sound, the inlet provides ideal habitat for shellfish.