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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Friday, July 10, 2015

Vibrio Shuts Down Portions of South Puget Sound to Commercial

Update 7/22: Cooler weather has resulted in test results with lower Vibrio levels, leading DOH to open most areas of south Puget Sound to the commercial harvest of oysters. Recreational harvesters are able to check the Department of Health's website for information.

Update 7/13: North Bay in south Puget Sound has been added to the list of growing areas closed to the commercial harvest of oysters due to elevated levels of vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Puget Sound Water Temperatures Rise
Bacterium Levels Increase
Commercial Harvesting of Oysters Stopped

Hammersley Inlet, Totten Inlet, Skookum Inlet, Pickering Passage, Portions of Hood Canal - Closed

As expected, the warm weather has resulted in the naturally occurring bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus increasing to levels which have resulted in the Department of Health shutting a large portion of southeast Puget Sound to commercial harvesting of oysters. For a complete list of growing areas closed and the reasons, such as biotoxins and normal summer closures, click here (not included are the most recent closures of Totten Inlet and Hammersley Inlet).

For recreational closures and information, an interactive map is available from the Department of Health's website.

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