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: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/
Legislative and Congressional contacts:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vibrio parahaemilyticus Levels Continue to Climb, Quilcene Bay Growing Area Closed, Port Gamble Vibriosis Cases Reported

Warm weather continues to cause an increase in Vibrio parahaemilyticus levels in Puget Sound shellfish. Most recently Quilcene Bay Growing area has been closed to commercial oyster harvesting. Port Gamble has had 2 reported cases of vibriosis traced to oysters harvested there, resulting in a reduction of "harvest to temperature control".

In addition to increases in Vp levels, increasing levels of biotoxins have impacted Buck Bay Growing Area on Orcas Island and Mystery Bay Growing Area. Buck Bay has had Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) levels exceed regulatory levels in Blue Mussels, Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Mystery Bay has had PSP toxin levels exceed regulatory levels in Manila clams. Other areas impacted by biotoxins include various subtidal geoduck tracts throughout Puget Sound.

For recreational closures see the DOH website.

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