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.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Burley Lagoon: Taylor Shellfish Is Having a Party

Taylor Shellfish is Having a Party
Organized by Gallatin Public Affairs
("Strategists, Lobbyists, Communicators")

Thursday, August 16, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Taylor Shellfish Property
6721 Tyee Dr. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Please RSVP to Anna Boone
"Taylor Shellfish invites you to a special business reception for local businesses in and around Burley Lagoon. We’ll share information about our clean-up efforts and future business plans in Burley Lagoon. We want to meet our new neighbors and we hope you can join us for a casual evening, featuring world famous Taylor shellfish for your enjoyment." (from a flier being distributed in the Burley Lagoon area)

Burley Lagoon
Purdy, WA
Important wildlife habitat or industrial aquaculture?
What will Gallatin's "strategists and lobbyists"
tell Taylor Shellfish to call it?
Taylor Shellfish has hired Gallatin Pubic Affairs in Seattle to help explain what it apparently cannot: What will it be doing to Burley Lagoon? Who is Gallatin Public Affairs? "We are strategists, lobbyists, communicators, policy experts,..."
(click here for GPA webite)

It should not be unexpected nor surprising to read about Taylor Shellfish hiring a lobbying firm to do what they cannot. As noted in the prior post, they will be generating close to $2 million in profits from geoduck planted on the state tidelands they were found to be trespassing on. They have the money to hire attorneys and lobbyists to press for what they want. They have become a large corporation used to getting their way.

Given the experts at Gallatin have suggested Taylor Shellfish ask for "neighbors" to come, perhaps they won't mind having the local residents also show up to speak both to Taylor Shellfish directly and to those businesses who may be present. The local businesses may find their customer base feels differently than what Gallatin is trying to craft.

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