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Shellfish Growers Netting Off Puget Sound Shorelines

Shellfish Growers Netting Off Puget Sound Shorelines

The Coalition is hearing from more and more citizens about the negative impacts of industrial aquaculture practices in area waters. These images depict a small part of those impacts—in the form of plastic netting used in geoduck production. These nets, combined with other practices used throughout the geoduck production cycle on these tidelands, restrict the natural ecosystem, as well as citizens’ own access to the natural beauty of Puget...

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Pesticide Use On Shorelines Carries Heavy Risks

Pesticide Use On Shorelines Carries Heavy Risks

The following pesticides are sprayed either manually or aerially on Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor shellfish beds causing environmental and human health concerns: Carbaryl—Eradicates native ghost shrimp and could harm other benthic species. Known to adversely effect salmon. Imazapyr—Eradicates spartina. Glysophate—Eradicates spartina. A recent study* on the effects of glysophate-based herbicides states: “Pesticides may be involved in oyster summer mortality events, not necessarily as a single causative agent but as an additional stressor.” Imazamox—Eradicates Zostera japonica eelgrass, but is known to also eliminate nearby native eelgrass. Adverse...

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New Presentations from Scientists Abundantly Demonstrate Impacts of Puget Sound Aquaculture

These presentations were given before the Pierce County Hearings Examiner in September, 2014. Jim Johannessen, Coastal Geologic Services, Inc. — Coastal Geomorphology and Coastal Geology Analysis of Proposed Haley (Taylor Shellfish, Seattle Shellfish) Geoduck Farm, Pierce County, WA Jim Brennen, Marine Habitat Specialist at University of Washington – Assessment of Known, Apparent, and Likely Impacts Associated with Geoduck Mariculture, with Emphasis on the Proposed Haley Shellfish...

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Bainbridge Citizens Stand Up to WA Dept of Ecology

Bainbridge Citizens Stand Up to WA Dept of Ecology

Bainbridge SMP Aquaculture Challenged The Washington State Department of Ecology has substituted greatly weakened regulations on commercial aquaculture in the Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program update. After four years of work by citizens, the city’s Planning Commission and City Council, the Department of Ecology required changes in the SMP to allow industrial aquaculture on almost 100% of the island’s shorelines. A group of concerned Bainbridge Island residents thinks this is not right. Bainbridge Island community members are the first shoreline community to appeal Ecology’s overreach. Here is a powerful and informative presentation they have produced. You...

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Inside Bainbridge Article: “Aquaculture Arrives on Bainbridge: Potential Environmental Disaster or Economic Boon?”

The website insidebainbridge.com published an article on September 9, 2014, entitled, “Aquaculture Arrives on Bainbridge: Potential Environmental Disaster or Economic Boon?” Read the article

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Shellfish Initiative Attacks Our Tidelands

Shellfish Initiative Attacks Our Tidelands

Shellfish Initiative Attacks our Tidelands, Clean Water Act and Public Health Read WA Shellfish Initiative documents here. Washington tidelands are under covert attack by the shellfish industry as they implement the industry created State Shellfish Initiative supported by Governor Inslee. This 2011 initiative, intended to subvert our constitutional rights, silences citizen’s concerns and limits the right to litigate as industry takes over our shorelines for industrial aquaculture use. The U.S. Dept of Commerce/NOAA marched in at the request of industry to facilitate unlimited expansion sprinkled with minimal restoration. The plan includes “incentives/rewards”...

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