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, September 12, 2014

Bainbridge Island: On-line Powerpoint Presentation of "Modern" Aquaculture Plasticizing Puget Sound's Tidelands

On-line PowerPoint presentation found here

Plasticizing Puget Sound's tidelands
in the name of "eco services" and money.
This is no longer a "preferred use",
and the Governor needs to understand
there is more to Puget Sound
than what Taylor Shellfish wants.
Taylor Shellfish lobbyist discussing "structure"
and "habitat" created by geoduck farms.
Plasticizing and paving the intertidal tidelands in the name of jobs and "eco services"
An on-line power point presentation has been made available to show those on Bainbridge Island - and elsewhere - what "aquaculture" in Puget Sound has become. It is no longer simply throwing oyster shell out and hand harvesting them when market size. The techniques used today are plasticizing and paving the tidelands in the name of "eco services", destroying the natural intertidal habitat which the Shoreline Management Act was meant to protect and prevent from becoming fractured.

"Structure" and "habitat"
after a storm event.
Click here to begin the presentation of what Bainbridge Island has coming to its intertidal areas, has already come to south Puget Sound and is expanding. Then let Governor Inslee know shellfish farming should no longer be considered a "preferred use" of Puget Sound's shorelines.

Fractured tideland habitat - oyster bags scour the sediment,
tubes and netting are ripped out after 2 years,
and geoduck are harvested by liquefying the sediment.

Then it starts all over again.

Let Governor Inslee know this is not what the SMA had in mind when it described aquaculture as a "preferred use." He may be contacted by phone at 360-902-4111 or mail at PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002. His shellfish coordinator is Julie Horowitz whose email address is Julie.horowitz@gov.wa.gov Make a difference. Get involved. The shellfish industry and its lobbyists are.

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