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:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Willapa Bay's Nisbet Oyster/Goose Point - "We know shellfish." We know where it comes from.

Better than fiction.

Box End 1
"sustainably harvested from clean cold waters
of the Northwest Pacfic Ocean"
Quiz: Where is shellfish from the 
"northwest" Pacific Ocean grown?
(from Goose Point's "Steamers in 5" packaging)

Box End 2
Answer: "Sustainably farm raised product 
of China or Taiwan."
Pristine waters? Hard to know.

Waters are not "pristine" when you are spraying pesticides and herbicides into them.
Nisbet family owned Nisbet Oyster/Goose Point Oyster from Willapa Bay "knows shellfish." Better put, they know how to market shellfish. First, you don't tell people the shellfish you sell have come from waters and tidelands which have been sprayed with Carbaryl for decades. Then, because Carbaryl was found to be carcinogenic, you and other growers tell the public the neurotoxin imidacloprid is "better." This, the same week that its manufacturer, Bayer, announces the EPA's science showing imidacloprid a risk to be sound. Finally, assume people won't read the end labels of your product telling consumers the shellfish you sell are from China or Taiwan, even though it technically is the "northwest" region of the Pacific Ocean.

Time to stop.
Shellfish growers in Willapa Bay need to stop pressing for the continued application of chemicals into what they describe as a "pristine" waterway. If long line poles are falling over because mud shrimp are burrowing down 2 feet then get longer poles. It's not rocket science.

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