State Approves Neurotoxin Use In Willapa Bay

Many Coalition members and supporters are echoing the shock and dismay described in Danny Westneat’s April 28, 2015 Seattle Times article, Disbelief over state plan to spray neurotoxin into oyster beds.

What can we do? The Coalition is consulting with experts about options, including filing an appeal with the Pollution Control Hearings Board. We will post updates as plans coalesce.


October 1, 2016—A Coalition member submitted a report on the current status of pesticide use in the Willapa Bay area: Life in the Dead Zone – The 2015 Eelgrass Die Off

May 7, 2015—It is important to note that pesticides (in particular Imazamox, aka Raptor) are still in use in Willapa Bay and elsewhere in Puget Sound region shellfish aquaculture. Imazamox is classified by the National Institutes of Health as “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.” The Coalition’s position is clear—no pesticides in our shellfish!

imazamox hazard warning

May 4, 2015—First Taylor Shellfish, and then the Department of Ecology, have backed away from this plan. The permit to use these dangerous chemicals is canceled as of May 4, 2015. This is indeed a victory, and demonstrates the power that we have as citizens, when our voices come together. But this is also the tip of the iceberg with regard to environmental damage caused by industrial aquaculture practices. The Coalition is at work today to effect deeper change in the Puget Sound region.

Seattle Times: State, growers scrap pesticide permit for oyster beds after outcry

Seattle Times: Oyster pesticide battle shows who really wields power

Protest The Spraying Of Neurotoxin On Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay
Monday, May 4, 2015, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Video from this protest:

We need your help to stand against this deeply foolish decision. Please give what you can.

You can also add your voice to many others by signing our petition: Governor Inslee: Stop Enabling Plastic and Pesticide Pollution in Puget Sound

westneat article

Cliff Mass has an excellent article on his blog: Oysters and Pesticides: The Washington State Department of Ecology Stumbles.

More from Seattle Times: Chefs ‘horrified’ by plan to spray pesticide on oyster beds.

Whole Foods will NOT be purchasing any oysters treated with pesticides:

Bloomberg Business broke this story: Washington State Turns to Neurotoxins to Save Its Oysters

Also see: Pesticide Use On Shorelines Carries Heavy Risks

and Pesticides Used in Commercial Aquaculture