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



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pierce County Shoreline Master Program Update and Meetings

Burley Lagoon, Pierce County
Protected Lagoon or Industrial Shellfish Farming?



The future of Burley Lagoon and Pierce County's tidelands and waters will be decided in the near future. Will the tidelands and waters of places like Burley Lagoon become converted to industrial shellfish operations at the expense of the public's right to enjoy those same areas? The answer to that question will be determined by how the public responds to the current opportunity. Is the requirement that aquaculture permits provide "A list of ...pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics" (Appendix C, B(i) page 90) a picture of what corporate shellfish owners want?

Comments on Pierce County's update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) will be taken until August 2. Comments may mailed to Pierce County Planning Commission, 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409, or email comments to tfairba@co.pierce.wa.us .

The current proposed update can be found here:
http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/xml/abtus/ourorg/pals/docs/lrplan/smpdrafttitle18s.pdf

Dates of local meetings will be held at these locations:
July 25, 2012 Peninsula High School
14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor
August 1, 2012 Peninsula High School
14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor
August 15, 2012 Fife Community Center
2111 54th Ave E, Fife
August 22, 2012 Pierce County Annex
2401 S 35th Street, Tacoma

Get involved. Corporate shellfish lobbyists are.

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