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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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Eco-Hazards

Eco-Hazards

The list of hazards associated with industrial aquaculture will continue to grow as long as adequate oversight is lacking. Invasive species dominate natives Pesticides and other chemicals spread rapidly in this ecosystem Materials ensnare wildlife Harvest methods strip the tidelands Learn...

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Plastic on the Beach

Plastic on the Beach

How much plastic does modern industrial aquaculture introduce into the shoreline ecosystem? Geoduck farms, as an example, generally embed over 40,000 PVC tubes per acre into the shallow waters and tidelands of Puget Sound. Tubes are often covered with nets, which are held in place with rubber bands. All of these materials pose toxicity and habitat hazards, not to mention the loss in aesthetic value to the shoreline.   “PVC is especially toxic and poses hazards to environmental health at every stage of its existence.”  -Captain Charles...

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