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:
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Sponsors Ecosystem Photo Contest - Shell Oil Enters

Oil prices are down so anything helps.
Shell Oil, co-sponsor of a lobbying dinner with shellfish growers in Washington DC, offers its entry to the photo contest currently being held by the Pacific Shellfish Growers Association, asking for photos showing how aquaculture gear provides "ecosystem services" through providing habitat and structure. The prize is $100. It is believed Shell has been told there is no conflict of interest.

Beat that structure and habitat!

Invitation only - oil and oysters.

Off damned species, off I say!
Shell Oil feels their gear is actually a better example of "gear" providing habitat and structure, as it typically remains in place for decades. As seen in the photo below, Taylor Shellfish has other ideas about what to do with those species which happen to take a liking to their shellfish "structure" - take a street sweeper to it and remove it.

"But I thought structure = habitat and a place to grow?"
Not to sound exclusionary, you have to be the right species
to be allowed to grow on this structure.

Who needs a landfill? Call it structure.

Get involved. The shellfish industry is and their pictures don't tell the true story.

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