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.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

KUOW.ORG Reports on Geoduck Poaching from Puget Sound - Wild Population at Risk

 Each time a [subtdial] geoduck bed is harvested,
it takes about 40 years
for the population there to recover.
Who are the tribes beholden to? Tribal members or the geoduck industry?
Why don't tribal entities demand replanting of subtidal wild geoduck beds as part of their treaty rights? Waiting 40 years for recovery, when coupled with poaching and risks of ocean acidification, put this subtidal population at risk of overharvesting, just as the native Olympia oyster was. It would end a source of income for tribal members. Based on the KUOW report, the state cannot control poaching, so isn't the alternative to rebuild the subtidal stock? If the state won't, why not the tribes?
Put the pieces together and free yourself. It worked for tobacco and casinos.
The Lummi Nation is a major producer of geoduck seed and has increased its production facilities. Is it really that difficult to coordinate among the tribes, using the Lummi as a source for seed who this year will sell estimated 1.5 million seed? The Department of Fish and Wildlife notes that Tribal entities have 51 salmon hatcheries used to replenish salmon stock. Is subtidal geoduck really that different?
Some of the tribal entities you can ask include:

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Tamara Gage 360 297-6290 360 297-4791

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Kelly Toy 360 681-4641 360 681-4611

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Doug Morrill 360 457-4012 X 18 360 452-4848

Point No Point Treaty Council
Randy Hatch 360 297-6536 360 297-3413

Suquamish Tribe
Paul Williams 360 394-8443 360 598-4666

Tulalip Tribe
Mike McHugh 360 716-4615 360 716-0642 m

Swinomish Tribe
Jim Gibson 360 466-7283 360 466-4047


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