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4 thoughts on “Let’s keep an eye on the shellfish initiative

  1. Another thorough piece of journalism, Chris. While I am very skeptical of anything that claims to ‘speed permitting’ (because the only groups slowing permitting seem to be environmental non-profits trying their best to get regulators to not just cave to industry pressure), I do hope that there is some benefit to the Puget Sound ecosystem from all this. I do feel that our governmental officials have good intentions, but there unfortunately seems to be truth to the old maxim that ” the road to Hell is” paved with them, good intentions I mean…

  2. Why was the public not invited to participate in the shellfish initiative? Puget Sound is a public resource, yet here you have an initiative that did not include public input. I see there was Taylor Shellfish and the tribes, the two corporations with arguably the most to gain financially from aquaculture. Also conspicuously not mentioned is the fact that the “permit quagmire” referred to by Taylor’s Bill Dewey is regarding geoduck aquaculture and mussel rafts, and not oysters or restoration. The folks down here in South Sound understand very well that the geoducks and mussel rafts are the two forms of aquaculture that Taylor wants to expand, and we also understand that these two forms of aquaculture are unsightly and cause environmental harm. I, for one, don’t appreciate my tax dollars spent to promote an industry with the lie that it’s good for the environment. If it was so wonderful, why not mention geoduck culture and mussel rafts at the ceremony in Shelton? I’m sorry to say I don’t trust Gov. Gregoire on this and I don’t trust the Department of Commerce (NOAA, Lubchenko) either. Everyone wants clean water and to restore native oysters, but we don’t need a big ceremony at Taylor Shellfish headquarters to do that. This is clearly an attempt by Taylor to undercut the citizens that don’t want aquaculture filling up Puget Sound.

  3. That’s an excellent thought Dan, and one I overlooked. Where was the public in this, except being “represented” by government? While I personally know and have respect for Talyor, they are a business, and like all business, have their own interests at stake, which do overlap on getting clean water. (I run a business too and love to see government take steps to help my industry). But in this case, it’s very worrisome about this “read between the lines” notion of “speeding permitting” as a goal. We of Jefferson County, and by that I mean even the County Commissioners, are currently fighting the State to allow us to do what has already been allowed in other counties, and ban net pen aquaculture. Only the State and the aquaculture industry support continuing this activity, all the local state holders have come out against it. So there is another example of who is controlling things at the state level.

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