|Geoduck farming (Protect Our Shoreline News)|
"The shellfish industry would it both ways: removing pollutants & providing seafood. It's incredible that shellfish are being grown in Puget Sound estuaries with high levels of pollutants from failed septic tanks. The Big Bend at the southern end of Hood Canal is a major example. Maps of shellfish rearing areas in Puget Sound are available (here).
“Shellfish culture has many downsides including production of pseudofeces from rafts, polluting bottom sediments, hybridization between non-native Mytilus galloprovincialis and native Mytilus edulis, and smothering intertidal acreage with oyster bags and geoduck tubes."
Meanwhile, today’s news clip posting at Salish Sea News and Weather of Chris Dunagan’s story about the Puget Sound Partnership’s draft Action Agenda brought the following comments:
"Regarding Chris Dunagan column on the new draft of the Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda: I tried to read it to provide comments. OMG! Dense, foggy, huge long detailed tables, 41-page executive summary full of gobbeldy gook, almost impossible to actually find any "action" items/plans. Woe is us .... " --Rabbits’ Guy
"The Puget Sound Partnership talks about “restoring” decimated species. But they say nothing about preventing the final destruction of Puget Sound. Puget Sound’s death will be collateral damage to the final wave of development in the Basin.
"As we have discovered in Chesapeake Bay, restoration is probably not politically possible. It requires scraping off most of the development in the watershed and replacing it with forest and LID. (That is not going to happen any time soon). Why is PSP focusing on “restoration” when we have an eternity to restore, but only months left to prevent driving the final nails in the coffin?
"The Carnegie Letter to the governor spells out the bare-bottom minimum action that PSP must insist upon if their mission is not to be a total failure. (NPDES permits must insist on the 65/10/0 development standard.) PSP has shown no indication that they will endorse the Carnegie action plan. Is it because PSP’s boss, the governor, has dismissed the CG action plan?" -- Tom Holz
Thanks. It sure is interesting to read your comments.