Scientists slam BI man’s controversial shoreline report

Fourteen marine scientists jointly criticized a report by a retired forest researcher who says bulkheads aren’t as harmful to marine life as many think.

The Kitsap Sun highlighted the report last fall. In it, Bainbridge resident Don Flora outlined an analysis on data he culled from two inventories of shoreline structures and habitats along Bainbridge and east Kitsap. Flora’s analysis found no statistical relationship between “stressors” caused by human construction and “ecological function.”

As reported today by Christopher Dunagan, the 14 scientists say Flora’s analysis was “methodologically flawed,” ignored relevant research and was factually incorrect in many places, “especially in its use and interpretation of studies.”

Bainbridge shorelines biologist Jim Brennan said Flora’s report was a “misrepresentation of the science.”

In response, Flora said more shoreline research is needed in the region and the data should be made readily available.

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2 thoughts on “Scientists slam BI man’s controversial shoreline report

  1. Can you smell a 14-scientist rat pack scurrying around the wharf– I can. This is almost April 1 quality: “The issue of science will be a central issue before a new Shoreline Master Program Update Task Force.” Ha ha ha ha

  2. One technique that separates trusted bloggers from professional journalists is that bloggers often link to the source materials they are writing about. Why is there no link to this “report” referenced by Dunnigan?

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