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, March 8, 2015

Haley/Seattle Shellfish-Taylor Shellfish Geoduck Farm: Presentations from Shorelines Hearings Board Hearing Availabe

Get involved. Become aware of what is happening
to Puget Sound's critical marine habitat
and why the Haley/SS/TS Permit
should be denied.
Area proposed to be transformed
into a geoduck farm.
Presentations from the Shorelines Hearings Board expert witnesses are available on-line through links provided below.
It's not grandpa Taylor's oyster farm
Become more aware of how aquaculture has stepped far beyond its past benign activities to those which can only be described as "industrial." Below are links to various presentations made before the SHB by the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat's witnesses in support of why the permit for this farm should be denied and a cumulative impacts analysis should be required.
See why current proposals are not in the state wide interest
Get involved. Become aware. These activities are not in the state wide interest nor should they in any way be considered a "preferred use" of Washington's critical marine habitat. File sizes are noted, some large, but the information contained is invaluable.
Jim Johannessen - coastal geomorphology and sediment transport (11mb pdf file)
James Brennan - impacts from geoduck farming, focused on Haley proposal (5mb file)
Dr. Gary Ritchie - on Seagrant's Dr. Van Blaricom's study lacking in statistical rigor (Dr. Van Blaricom's study is often quoted by the shellfish industry as "proof" there is no harm to habitat) (less than 1mb)
Slide shows of what is happening now
South Sound Aquaculture Pictures - side show of how south Puget Sound's critical marine habitat is being transformed by intensive aquaculture (8mb file)
Burley Lagoon Aquaculture Pictures - how Taylor Shellfish is "intensifying" aquaculture activities in Burley Lagoon (15mb file)
Get involved
Get involved - become aware of what is happening to Puget Sound's critical marine habitat. The shellfish industry is and they have money and motivation to transform Puget Sound's critical marine habitat into their vision, devoid of native species they consider "pests."

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