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:

Friday, January 4, 2013

Willapa Bay's Migratory Waterfowl told to "Eat Something Else "

"Go Eat Something Else Somewhere Else"
Brants Geese, Willapa Bay
courtesy of Chris Sidebotham
"Go eat something else, somewhere else." In stark terms, this is the response of the Willapa Bay shellfish growers to the migratory waterfowl who for over 1/2 of a century have been using Japanese eelgass as a food source on their migrations north and south.
Unhappy with spraying of Imazamox on shellfish beds only, where the problem was acknowledged to be an issue, they successfully convinced the Noxious Weed Board to declare Japanese eelgrass in all tidelands a noxious weed. Effective January 13 this change - made without any supporting scientific evidence and against the recommendation of the Weed Board's own advisory committee - will become law. [click here for comments, beginning on page 8]

Contact your state representatives and suggest they ask the Board to reconsider.

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