Our mission is to protect the habitat of Puget Sound tidelands from the underregulated expansion of new and intensive shellfish aquaculture methods. These methods were never anticipated when the Shoreline Management Act was passed. They are transforming the natural tideland ecosystems in Puget Sound and are resulting in a fractured shoreline habitat. In South Puget Sound much of this has been done with few if any meaningful shoreline permits and with limited public input. It is exactly what the Shoreline Management Act was intended to prevent.

Get involved and contact your elected officials to let them you do not support aquaculture's industrial transformation of Puget Sound's tidelands.

Governor Inslee:
http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message
Legislative and Congressional contacts:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Additional information
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/protectourshore
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectOurShoreline



Friday, May 4, 2018

Imidacloprid in Willapa Bay: Comments on the DOE's Permit Denial are Due May 14

DOE Accepting Comments 
On Denial of Permit
Until May 14

Photo: Kevin Ebi/Alamy
The National Audubon Society

There's far more to Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor than non-native Pacific oysters
The Department of Ecology will accept comments on its decision to deny a permit application to a few select oyster growers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. These few short-sighted growers saw the application of pesticides to shellfish beds and public waters as the only way to deal with a native species which other growers dealt with through alternative growing methods, very profitably. 

Rich Doenges
Ecology Southwest Regional Office 
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Questions?
Rich DoengesSouthwest Region Manager
burrowing.shrimp@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6271


You've had your turn, now it's the public's
Shellfish growers in Willapa Bay have had multiple chances to show they are can create a sustainable model. Multiple times they have failed and simply tried to transform these waters into something they see as nothing but profit centers. In the mid-1800's they began to harvest the vast beds of native Olympia oysters to near extinction. They next tried importing Eastern oysters and found disease did not allow this non-native oyster to grow, but in the process of unpacking oysters shipped from the East Coast, they introduced the non-native Spartina grass which took decades of herbicidal application to control. Following that failure, they turned west and began importing the non-native Pacific oyster which, when unpacked from shipping crates, introduced the non-native Japanese eelgrass which, like Spartina, is being sprayed with herbicides to control. And now, pesticides to eliminate a native species.

Time to stop believing grandpa-knows-best 
Shellfish growers have had their turn. Now it's time for a new generation of forward looking growers, tribes and the public, who care about these great bodies of water and all they support (not just nonnative oysters)  to take back control and allow them to perform the great ecological services they have for thousands of years. Grandpa doesn't always know best, and in this case, it's time for him to sit down.

Get involved
It was only because a large number of people were willing to stand up to an industry used to getting its way that this short-sighted idea was brought to a stop. Groups such as the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat; The Audubon; The Exerces Society; Beyond Pesticides; the Sierra Club; and, untold numbers of individuals worked long and hard to begin bringing the control of these great estuaries back to the species so desperately in need of habitat. They were involved. You should be too, for the present and the future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 27, 5PM: Reminder - Comments on Commercial Shellfish Operation Within the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Are Due

Get Involved: 
Critical Marine Habitat
In a National Wildlife Refuge
Should not be Fragmented
It's a Wildlife Refuge

Reminder: April 27, 5PM - Comments to Clallam County on whether a permit should be issued to allow  150,000 2'X3' grow out bags, growing nonnative Pacific oysters, in the tidelands of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge are due. Those comments may be submitted 2 ways:
1. Email to Greg Ballard at gballard@co.clallam.wa.us (reference SHR2017-00011)
2. Via electronic form on Clallam County's site here:
http://www.clallam.net/features/emailClallam.asp…
Get involved. Not for yourself but for the native species dependent on this critical and diminishing habitat they need for survival.
(For complete permit information, see here:
http://websrv2.clallam.net/tm_bin/tmw_cmd.pl…)




Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge: Comments Due April 27, Hearing June 7

Permit SHR2017-00011
Clallam County Shoreline Permit
150,000 Bags of Non-native Pacific Oysters
in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

By April 27 - Clallam County Comment Form: http://www.clallam.net/features/emailClallam.asp?em=permits&caseid=SHR2017-00011
or,
By April 27 Email contact: Greg Ballard at gballard@co.clallam.wa.us *
(*Ask for an email confirming it was received. If you don’t get one within 24 hours, call Greg Ballard at 360.565.2616.)
June 7, 1PM - Public Hearing

Should portions of the tidelands of the
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
be allowed to be transformed
into a commercial aquaculture development
because the water is now cleaner?

Funding Sources
(from: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1410041.pdf)

Public dollars fund a restoration.
In 2005 an oyster operation within the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which had been operating for decades, was abandoned due to water quality issues. Over the next 10 years millions of  taxpayer dollars in the form of grants from the EPA, including matching funds from Washington, was sourced by various groups (see "Funding Sources" above). These taxpayer funded grants were used to determine the source, and remedy the cause, of pollutants within the Dungeness watershed. In December of 2017 the tidelands within the National Wildlife Refuge were considered by the Department of Health to be "Conditionally" approved

DOH Classifications 

Now what? Clallam County, Army Corps, and the Department of Natural Resources
Currently there are two regulatory agencies, Clallam County and the Army Corps of Engineers, in the permitting process, and the Department of Natural Resources considering a lease. Clallam County had thought a hearing scheduled April 4th would be the end of public input, but the Hearing Examiner felt there was too much information still to be gathered from the public and various agencies before a decision could be made, so granted an extension for the comment period to April 27, to be followed by another Hearing June 7. Having denied qualification for a Nationwide permit, the Army Corps of Engineers is beginning to look at the proposal through their Individual Permitting process. Finally, the Department of Natural Resources is considering a new lease for the operation.

In a National Wildlife Refuge?
150,000 synthetic bags 
growing non-native Pacific oysters?

Lean forward and get involved. It's a National Wildlife Refuge on an easement granted to US Fish and Wildlife from the State for that purpose in 1943. It's 2018 and there's no "elsewhere" to go. 
These tidelands are neither privately held nor Tribal tidelands. The operation was abandoned 12 years ago. Public funds have indeed made the water quality better - the result of a number of groups, including the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. However, this critical inter-tidal marine habitat is needed now than ever before. Industrial aquaculture is expanding throughout Puget Sound and it is fragmenting the marine habitat.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Conservation Groups File Papers Seeking WDFW Oversight of Commercial Aquaculture in Washington State

(See press release below)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--Case Number: 18-2-01972-34.
April 12, 2018
 
CONTACT:   Patrick Townsend (360) 359-4406 
                     Laura Hendricks  (253) 509-4987
                     Kurt Beardslee    (425) 788-0125 

CONSERVATION GROUPS SUE STATE TO DEMAND IT PROTECT COASTAL SHORELINES BY ENDING PERMITTING EXEMPTION FOR INDUSTRIAL SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE

Protect Zangle Cove, the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat and Wild Fish Conservancy filed suit today against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (“WDFW”), demanding an end to the improper exemption of industrial shellfish aquaculture projects from state standards designed to protect fish and marine habitats. 

Most construction projects in or near Washington waters must receive an Hydraulic Project Approval (“HPA”), which requires that they have safeguards in place to protect fish and their habitat. WDFW has exempted commercial aquaculture from this statutory requirement for many years, meaning aquaculture projects go forward without these crucial environmental safeguards. 

The lawsuit filed in Thurston County Superior Court contends this exemption has no legal basis and asks the court to direct WDFW to apply the HPA law consistently to shellfish aquaculture projects. The suit also asks the court to halt development of a geoduck farm planned for Zangle Cove, a near pristine estuary in South Puget Sound, until it receives an HPA permit.

“With threatened Southern Resident killer whales and endangered native salmon at extreme risk, our state agencies have failed to implement the environmental protections that are critical to the broad scale ecological recovery of Puget Sound,” says Patrick Townsend, president of Protect Zangle Cove. “The action we are taking today is one important step toward restoring sanity to the recovery process. We must protect the tidelands from further loss of ecological function or we will see the loss of iconic species so important to the people of Washington State.” 

Laura Hendricks, director of the Coalition To Protect Puget Sound Habitat, emphasizes that the lawsuit only asks the state to apply the law consistently.

“There is a double standard that exempts commercial shellfish aquaculture from the state HPA permitting system, even though these operations pose a severe threat to our fragile coastal habitats,” Hendricks says. “A private citizen installing a small dock needs to get an HPA permit, but a commercial shellfish facility would not need an HPA permit before constructing a facility that disrupts miles of pristine shoreline, destroys natural vegetation and aquatic life, and inserts tons of harmful plastic tubing, netting, and rebar into the tidelands.” 

Commercial shellfish aquaculture is in the midst of dramatic expansion in Washington. These factory-farm like facilities already take up as many as 50,000 shoreline acres, or as much as one-quarter of all Washington tidelands. Significant expansion is planned in the immediate future,  focusing largely on geoducks raised to sell in the Asian luxury market.

A single-acre geoduck operation usually includes around 44,000 PVC tubes, four- or six-inches in diameter, and approximately ten inches long. This amounts to approximately seven miles of PVC tubing per acre, weighing between 11 and 23 tons. Plastic nets are typically installed over the entire geoduck bed to keep out native wildlife that would normally feed and shelter there.

Kurt Beardslee, co-founder and Executive Director of the Wild Fish Conservancy, says: “There’s no way around it, it’s a scientific fact: the industrial shellfish aquaculture industry routinely damages vast amounts of habitat critical to federally protected species, including wild salmon and steelhead, with little or no agency oversight.”

Protect Zangle Cove, the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat and Wild Fish Conservancy are represented in the litigation by the law firm of Lane Powell P.C.
                                                           ### 

To view the complaint filed today, visit: 

For more information about the impact of commercial shellfish aquaculture, visit:

About Zangle Cove
Protect Zangle Cove is a nonprofit organization consisting of citizens who reside on the shores of South Puget Sound. Our mission is to protect the tideland of Zangle Cove from industrial geoduck aquaculture, preserve the critical habitat of Puget Sound tidelands, support the protection and restoration of eelgrass on Puget Sound tidelands, educate citizens about nearshore habitat, inform government officials about the problems from industrial shellfish aquaculture, and encourage rulemaking to protect Puget Sound shorelines for the enjoyment of citizens and for native species that make their homes here. 

About Coalitoin To Protect Puget Sound Habitat 
The Coalition is an alliance of citizens, environmentalists, scientists and recreational users concerned about industrial aquaculture and its impacts on plants, animals, and ecological functions. Our mission is to voice citizen concerns about industrial aquaculture and its adverse impact on the health and quality of Puget Sound and coastal waters, to effect changes in policies and regulations, and to encourage enforcement to protect shoreline habitat. 

About Wild Fish Conservancy
The Conservancy is a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and recovery of the Northwest’s native fish species and the ecosystems upon which those species depend. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Tidelands: Habitat for Native Species or 150,000 Synthetic Bags Growing Nonnative Oysters?

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
(https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Dungeness/wildlife_and_habitat/)


County Extends Comment Period
Schedules a 2nd Hearing
on Shoreline Permit

April 27: Comments to Clallam County are due.
June 7, 1PM: Hearing will be held at Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E 4th Street, Port Angeles
General Permit Information: http://websrv2.clallam.net/tm_bin/tmw_cmd.pl?tmw_cmd=ParcelViewParcel&shl_prc_parcel_no=043123XXXXXX


DNR Considers a New Lease 
of Tidelands
Comments Welcome

Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands - cpl@dnr.wa.gov
MS 47001, Olympia, WA 98504-7001
360-902-1004, fax: 360-902-1775

Aquatic Resources Division ard@dnr.wa.gov
MS 47027, Olympia, WA 98504-7027  
360-902-1100, fax: 360-902-1786


What is the purpose of tidelands within a National Wildlife Refuge?
After being abandoned in 2005 due to water quality issues, should Clallam County approve permit for a commercial shellfish development inside a National Wildlife Refuge which would allow over 150,000 synthetic bags growing nonnative oysters on the Refuge tidelands? After a one time renewal of a lease expired in 2017 should the Department of Natural Resources enter into a new lease of those abandoned 50 acres which would allow that portion of state tidelands deeded to the US Department of Fish and Wildlife in the form of an easement be entered into? Those are the critical questions facing the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.


Get involved - Sometimes enough is too much.
Noted above are contacts for both the county and for DNR. Make a difference and shape what the future experience of coming generations of wildlife will experience. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife has expressed deep concerns over the impact on the critical habitat which this proposal will have. You should as well, whether for native species; yourself; or future generations. 

Write a letter - Express yourself.
The subject line should say Letter to Editor - What is a National Wildlife Refuge For?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Into Law Bill Banning Nonnative Finfish Operations in Washington

 [Update 3/23: Tim Eyman has withdrawn his petitions. Whether he will now propose a referendum ending Cooke's leases immediately is unknown.]
“The economic, cultural, and recreational resources of these incredible waters will no longer be jeopardized by the negligent actions of this industry,” said Sen. Kevin Ranker [also thanking  Representative Kristine Lytton for her role]
(See KUOW report on signing here: http://kuow.org/post/atlantic-salmon-farms-banned-8-months-after-great-fish-escape)

Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law EHB2957 which phases out nonnative finfish aquaculture in Puget Sound, including nonnative Atlantic salmon. It was the direct result of Cooke Aquaculture's negligence in maintaining a net pen growing nonnative Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound. That negligence, and resulting escape, crystallized the resistance to these operations which had existed for decades.
(See DNR/WDFW/DOE report here: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/…/aqr_cypress_investigation_report.p…)

The collapse of that net pen had initially begun in July, but the severity of that initial collapse was not relayed to agencies. Instead of emptying the pens at that time, Cooke chose to leave salmon in for an additional month. Before they were able to harvest those salmon, tidal currents (not a storm) collapsed the already damaged net pen, allowing an estimated 250,000 nonnative Atlantic salmon to escape.

Initially, Cooke stated only a few thousand had escaped. Then, perhaps up to 6,000. Then, 160,000. A report from DNR, DOE and WDFW (link above) determined that, in fact, a far greater portion of the population of nonnative fish had escaped. Up to 260,000 of the 305,000 within the pen. In addition, the report alleged Cooke was negligent in not maintaining the nets and pen, allowing marine life to grow on them to such an extent it created resistance beyond which the structure was able to stand up to.

Equally misleading was the response from scientists who claimed research showed these fish would not travel far, remaining in the area of the pens. They were described by one NOAA scientist as couch potatoes, similar to cows lost on the Serengeti.

Instead, these salmon spread throughout the Salish Sea, following their instincts, looking for fresh water. They were found as far as 52 miles up the Skagit River; at the mouth of the Elwha River; and in the Snohomish, Skagit, Skokomish, Campbell and Fraser Rivers. All rivers where spawning native salmon struggle to survive. Swimming over 200 miles, putting in question all other science NOAA used to minimize the risk of these operations.

Citizens in Washington have been averse to nonnative Atlantic salmon net pen operations in Puget Sound for decades. Attempts by various counties to keep them from their waters were not allowed by the Department of Ecology who claimed they were a water dependent use which had to be permitted.

Cooke Aquaculture should have been well aware of how people felt about these operations when they purchased them from Icicle Seafoods. Instead, all they saw was an inexpensive opportunity (they claim Icicle was near bankrupt) to expand into Washington's clean waters. Instead of choosing not to use pens they knew clearly were in ill repair, they instead pressed on, hoping to squeeze one more harvest from an already damaged net pen. Worse, it was discovered by DNR that the Cypress facility was not the only operation in disrepair, resulting in cancellation of 2 DNR leases, leaving Cooke with 2 remaining, which they will be allowed to use until the leases end (~2022).

Cooke now claims they are the victim of being a Canadian based company, threatening arbitration under Chapter 11 of NAFTA. They point to escapes over 20 years ago when operations were owned by US companies who weren't penalized. To be clear - those escapes did occur. But those companies did not try to hide what happened. They also resulted in much tighter regulatory oversight of these operations, with no escapes happening afterwards. Until Cooke entered the picture.

This has nothing to do with Cooke being Canadian. It is the direct result of decades of additional information on nonnative salmon. It is the direct result of native species in Washington and Canada - whether salmon or Orca - being under far greater pressure. It is the direct result of Washington's citizens caring so much for endangered native species that hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to support and restore those native species. Cooke did not have their eyes on the ball.

Now, Tim Eyman appears from nowhere and claims he wants to have Washington's citizens vote on a referendum which will overturn the bill just signed into law by Governor Inslee. Cooke claims they have nothing to do with it. That may be true, but Mr. Eyman has never pursued environmental referendums, choosing to focus on taxes. Some claim only on being paid to collect signatures.

What is likely true is that should Mr. Eyman decide - for whatever his reasons are - to pursue a referendum, Cooke Aquaculture will likely find itself facing a separate referendum, one which demands these leases still held be ended now, and not allowed to run out in 2022. Not because they are Canadian, but because Washington's citizens do not want nonnative Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound any longer than they have to be.

You can thank Governor Inslee for his support of native species here:
https://www.governor.wa.gov/…/con…/send-gov-inslee-e-message


See KUOW

Monday, March 19, 2018

NE Canada's Growing Atlantic Salmon ISA Virus Problem: Hatcheries and net pen operations found to be infected.

Should consumers know the farmed salmon
they are buying are infected with the ISA Virus?

3 out of 5 begins to show a pattern.
For the 3rd time in 5 months Cooke Aquaculture's salmon in an open net pen operation in Newfoundland near Gaultois have been found to be infected with Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISA Virus). Symptoms of the infection are seen and described above, and in the picture below. If the fish are of marketable size, as the most recently harvested salmon were, these ISA virus infected fish are sold to the public but are not required to be labeled as being infected.

Now there's some beautiful pink salmon flesh.

Infected hatchery facilities worrisome - "odd" "unheard of".
Earlier this month, preceding the most recent announcement and harvest by Cooke Aquaculture of ISA virus infected fish from Newfoundland's waters, was a reported an ISA virus infection in two upland and isolated hatcheries in nearby Nova Scotia. An estimated 750,000 fish had to be destroyed as they were too small to sell. UnderCurrentNews (an industry news publication) said fish in an isolated upland facility becoming infected is considered to be "odd" or even "unheard of". 

Not all infections created equally.
Of importance to note is the difference between the hatchery infection and the open net pen infection which Cooke Aquaculture is dealing with. The hatchery facility is isolated from the marine ecosystem whereas Cooke's infected fish are not separated from the marine ecosystem. That nexus of infection and spread of virus created by this open net pen operation is of far greater risk to the few remaining native Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Whether the hatchery infection may indicate a source further "upstream" is unknown at this time. What is known is native Atlantic salmon are at risk in Canada's waters from this virus, fatal in up to 90% of the salmon which contract it. The risk to people from eating the infected salmon is supposed to be minimal.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NOAA: "We don't tell [fish] farmers what to grow." It's a state issue - for good reason.

Those representing Washington's
citizens overwhelmingly passed EHB2957 to
phase out nonnative Atlantic salmon 
net pen operations. 

What could go wrong with NOAA involved?

Proposed "Ocean farming" 
Easy permitting, no guidance on what to grow. In part, it's why the Center for Food Safety is suing NOAA.
See papers file by CFS here:
https://t.co/2M0LNjb6vI
Support CFS here:
https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/donate/5285/support-cfss-legal-action-fundupport CFS here:

NOAA: “We don’t tell [fish] farmers what to farm” "NOAA filed a final rule implementing the nation’s first comprehensive regulatory program for aquaculture in federal waters." (Michael Rust, NOAA, Salmon Business, 3/9)


On risks of farmed salmon escapes.
The same NOAA who said escaped Atlantic salmon were "couch potatoes" and were like escaped cows on the Serengeti, unlikely to go anywhere. Instead, these nonnative "cows" swam over 200 miles and were found swimming upstream in the Puyallup, Skagit and Snohomish Rivers.




Get involved. Encourage Governor Inslee to sign into law EHB2957, phasing out nonnative Atlantic salmon net pen operations, passed overwhelmingly by those who represent the citizens of Washington state. As Michael Rust and others at NOAA have said, this is a state issue. For good reason.
Email the Governor here:
https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message
Phone the Governor here: 360-902-4111

Friday, March 9, 2018

Native Salmon Matter More: It's what the Elwah River is being restored for.

Native salmon matter more.
.
Encourage Governor Inslee to sign into law EHB2957, phasing out nonnative Atlantic salmon net pen operations. Contrary to old NOAA science, these nonnatives are a risk, traveling throughout the Salish Sea basin, not staying near the pens waiting to be fed as NOAA scientists claimed they would be. 
Email: https://www.governor.wa.gov/…/con…/send-gov-inslee-e-message
Phone: 360-902-4111
The new cycle of life begins.

In pictures released by the Coastal Watershed Institute are seen why >$300 million was spent to remove dams and restore habitat on the Elwah River: For native species begin a new life cycle.

This is what the northwest's heritage
and culture is based on. They are why
West Coast values are important.

Restoration was not for nonnative Atlantic salmon, mistakenly described by NOAA "scientists" as being like "cows on the Serengeti" which would not travel beyond their pen areas. Those "cows" have traveled over 200 miles to the Skagit; Puyallup; Elwah; and Skykomish Rivers, and into Canada. That is reality, not a paper on someone's desk.
NOAA researcher Michael Rust told the Seattle Times this release of around 5,000 [now at ~250,000] salmon should not harm the environment: “These things are kind of couch potatoes. They are domesticated. Imagine a dairy cow getting lost out in the Serengeti." Forbes, August 24, 2017
One of the many one ton bags of pellets

dumped into Puget Sound to feed Atlantic salmon.
Some will be eaten, a portion "pooped" by salmon,
some will simply drift off.

These net pen operations are not shellfish. They do not filter the water. They instead use the public waters to throw tons of pellets into the water, some simply drifting in the ecosystem, some coming out of the salmon to also drift in the ecosystem. They are additive, with one pen estimated at one hearing to be the equivalent of the septic discharge of a city of 60,000 people.

Welcome to 2018. It's time for a change.
And it's not because Cooke Aquaculture is Canadian.
This is 2018, not 1999, when the last significant escape of nonnative salmon occurred. Native salmon and Southern Resident Orcas are at greater risk now than they ever have been, far more than in 1999, almost 2 decades ago. It is why it is now time to phase out net pen operations, additive to the risks at many levels. It has nothing to do with whether the current operator is Canadian or not. It is because things change over 20 years. That is reality, not an alternative fact and why Washington residents want nonnative Atlantic salmon removed.

Get involved and encourage Governor Inslee to sign into law EHB2957. It is on his desk. Cooke Aquaculture is spending close to $100,000 - likely much more - to convince him otherwise.
Email: https://www.governor.wa.gov/…/con…/send-gov-inslee-e-message
Phone: 360-902-4111

Monday, March 5, 2018

Atlantic Salmon Open Net Pen Farming: Lessons from Scotland for Washington to Learn From

Scottish Parliamentary committee releases report
on Atlantic salmon net pen farming impacts on
Scotland's marine ecosystem and native species.
Read report here: https://t.co/8dMmWAt5ez

Encourage Governor Inslee to sign into law EHB2957, phasing out nonnative Atlantic salmon net pens. We do not need to become another Scotland.
https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

Impacts from Atlantic Net Pen Farming in Scotland should not be replicated here. 
A hard earned lesson from Scotland to Washington: March 4th, the Scottish Parliament's environment committee released a report  on the impacts from Atlantic salmon open net pen farming in Scotland. It only serves to reinforce why Governor Inslee should sign EHB2957, a bill phasing out Atlantic net pen farming in Washington's waters, to prevent what's happening in Scotland now from occurring here.
(Read the report here: https://t.co/8dMmWAt5ez)

BBC: "the marine ecosystem is at risk if environmental concerns are not addressed."
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43284781

The National: "Plans to expand salmon farming could cause “irrecoverable damage” to the environment, MSPs say."
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16065936.Report_raises_fears_over_impact_of_multi_million_pound_industry/

The Herald: "committee has said it is “deeply concerned” about the environmental impact of the salmon farming industry in a damning new report."
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16065481.Report_by_MSPs_raises____deep_concerns____about_impact_of_salmon_farming/

Shetland News: "Damning salmon industry report warns of 'irrecoverable' environmental damage"
http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/15992-damning-salmon-report-warns-of-irrecoverable-environmental-damage

Be thankful citizens and elected representatives stood up and said this will not happen here, and passed EHB2957 which will phase out nonnative Atlantic salmon net pen operations. After Governor Inslee has signed the bill into law, all will have prevented Puget Sound from becoming the next Scotland. 

Get involved: Encourage Governor Inslee to sign EHB2957 into law.
https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

It's time to move on from the elders and move into the future.