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:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Spreads to Puget Sound's Eld Inlet

Additional photos from Kim Merriman, taken June 14, show that Sea Star Wasting Syndrome has also spread into Eld Inlet. Ms. Merriman said no purple Ochre, what had been the most prevalent type, were seen. (Click here for a chart of the various Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest.) To see additional information on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, go to the Intertidal Monitoring site which includes descriptions and forms to help in reporting what you see.

Sunstar from Eld Inlet
Lesions where the legs meet the
body precede leg separation.
(June 14, 2014 - photo by Kim Merriman)
Sunstar with separated leg nearby.
(Eld Inlet)
(June 14, 2014 - photo by Kim Merriman)
Starfish (possibly mottled?) missing leg.
(Eld Inlet)
(June 14, 2014 - photo by Kim Merriman)

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