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Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth
find reserves of strength that will endure
as long as life lasts. ~ Rachel Carson
The problem is compounded by the aquaculture industry, which uses enormous amounts of plastic in its floats, nets, lines and tubes.Help put the brakes on plastic pollution in Puget Sound
It is actually pretty amazing how much fresh mud and silt can move around the lagoon depending on the weather and the tides. Sometimes our oyster patches will get totally covered after a rain storm and/or a big minus tide that creates strong currents.He may have added "dragging chains along the bottom" as a cause of those "amazing" quantities of "fresh mud and silt" being moved around within the enclosed lagoon.
Why the resignations by half the membership of Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association? Because the owners of Drakes Bay Oyster Company have twice misrepresented the ranchers association.Good reporters don't just "tweet" for information. They go out and find it.
On June 5th "The [Point Reyes] Light" reported that the "Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association delivered a dense 32-page public comment letter" - in response to the park's Ranch Comprehensive Management Plan (which "The Light"'s latest editorial fails to mention although the editorial scolds the park for inaction and lack of leadership.)
But that public comment letter, after having been circulated for signature by ranchers, was amended by the owners of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, and their lawyers, and then submitted to the park without review by the ranchers who had already signed the document.
On July 31st "The Light" reported, "The Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Association is asking the National Park Service to delay any demolition of the buildings soon to be vacated by Drakes Bay Oyster Company..."
But that letter, dated July 23rd on ranchers association letterhead, was composed and submitted by the owners of Drakes Bay Oyster Company without input or review by other association members.
"Reckless" is the adjective "The Light"'s latest editorial uses to describe environmental groups working to protect from commercial development what has always been intended as wilderness. But reckless is how Drakes Bay Oyster Company has behaved, disregarding the ranchers with whom they share our publicly owned Point Reyes Peninsula.
"Theoretically, we could grow all the oysters we need to supply our customers, but it’s a seed problem." (7/24/14, Point Reyes Light)
The shellfish industry says this is good for Puget Sound and the more, the better: "We believe the environmental impacts are at worse benign, and at best they're beneficial." --Diane Cooper, environmental policy manage, Taylor Shellfish. Seattle Times, 10/5/06.