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.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Shellfish Industry's "Pests" of Puget Sound

[Update 4/21/14: The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association has removed the "pest" document from their site. A copy of the "pest" document may be found here:
http://www.pacshell.org/pdf/PestsOfBivalveAquacultureWA_OR_2012.pdf]

The shellfish industry has released a document which details the species of Puget Sound which it considers "pests" to their tideland developments.  (click here for the complete document, funded by USDA)

A partial list of the species includes:

Cockles


Horse Clams


Goldeneye

Scoters


Starry Flounder


Petrale Sole


Sea Stars


Sand Dollars


Shiner Perch


Ghost Shrimp


Dungeness Crab


Red Rock Crab


Moon Snail


Japanese Eelgrass (shown with a limpet)
(Note:  Until 2011 Japanese eelgrass was considered a "priority habitat species" by Fish and Wildlife. Thanks in part to Bill Dewey with Taylor Shellfish helping to draft a letter for the Director of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Ecology is now considering a permit which would allow for the spraying of the herbicide Imazamox in Willapa Bay.)

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