Biotoxins in shellfish lead to closure at Discovery Bay – Peninsula Daily News

Following on a recent post about the effects of the recent heatwave, here’s more economic and enviromental effects. Yes, global warming is costing all of us. Discovery Bay is home to a number of commercial geoduck operations as well as recreational shellfish harvesting. Discovery Bay is closed to shellfish harvesting due to high levels of […]

Can biologists estimate the massive loss of shellfish caused by low tides, high temps? PSI

We are just beginning to understand the incredible loss of shellfish from the latest heat wave. The putrid smell of rotting shellfish on some beaches in Puget Sound and elsewhere along the West Coast were a clear sign that large numbers of clams, mussels, oysters and other intertidal creatures were killed from exposure to extreme […]

Researchers identify shellfish-killing phytoplankton behind massive summer die-offs in Puget Sound -KNKX

Why continuing scientific research on the Salish Sea is so important to continue funding.  In July of 2018 and 2019, large numbers of oysters, cockles and clams died on beaches all around Puget Sound. No one knew why. It was a particularly bad couple of years, but summer mortality events with mass die-offs of shellfish […]

Scramble to re-issue permits for area shellfish farms underway following lawsuit -Skagit Valley Herald

The State is working to grant updated operating permits after the fiasco of the Army Corps of Engineers losing a major lawsuit last year under appeal. It will be interesting to see how, since the judge found that the existing permits had not taken long term harm ot the environment into consideration, as to how […]

Winding down Puget Sound’s 2020 targets, as approved shellfish acreage keeps going up – PSI

A good look at the state of shellfish bed recovery over the last 10 years, as measured by the Puget Sound Partnership. This is one indicator that seems to be going in a positive direction. Of course, the goal of this is to promote the conversion of public beaches into industrial aquaculture, so it’s a […]

Court of Appeals Backs Environmentalists: Federal Greenlight of Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture Unlawful

This is the most significant court ruling in decades and likely changes everything about shellfish aquaculture in the Salish Sea. It’s importance cannot be overstated. This blog has covered the trial over the last two years. We have been astonished at the brazen lack of science applied and found during discovery of the Army Corp. […]

Hotly debated national permit for shellfish farms could be passed to Biden Administration – Puget Sound Institute

This is an important article to help one understand the forces at play over this issue. The Army Corp of Engineers current proposal, described in this article, would lead to more destruction of the remaining virgin bays it wants for commercial activities and likely lead to ever more lawsuits. The Corps and the industry are […]

What the pandemic has done to WA’s flagship shellfish industry – Crosscut

A very good article on the state of the shellfish industry in our state. Quotes from people here in the area working in the industry. The pandemic tanked the shellfish industry, but growers are “tentatively optimistic” that things are looking up. By Hannah Weinberger

Court of Appeals Retains Protection for Washington’s Iconic Coastlines and Wildlife from Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture 

Court Denies Stay of Decision Setting Aside Unlawful Permit for Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Seattle, WA — Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied shellfish growers’ motion to stay the recent district court decision nullifying the defective Nationwide Permit 48 (NWP 48) covering tens of thousands of acres of shellfish aquaculture activities in Washington. On June 11, 2020, […]

Conservation and Food Safety Groups Winning Over Washington’s Shellfish Industry and Army Corps of Engineers

The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat and the Center for Food Safety won another step in their case to stop a flawed nation-wide permit for the shellfish industry in Washington’s waters. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the shellfish industry’s attempt to stop a lower court decision from taking effect while the Circuit […]

Judge tosses federal permit for Washington shellfish industry, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect environment – Seattle Times

Another perspective on the ruling from last week. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/judge-throws-out-federal-permit-for-washington-shellfish-industry-cites-lack-of-full-environmental-review/?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=mobile-app&utm_campaign=ios

Plaintiffs comment on the lawsuit against Army Corp of Engineers & Taylor Shellfish

From the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Army Corps and Taylor Shellfish. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–October 15, 2019 CONTACT: Laura Hendricks  (253) 509-4987 Maradel Gale (206) 842-5133 The Coalition To Protect Puget Sound Habitat (Coalition) and Center For Food Safety welcomes the following attached Federal decision: “The Corps’ issuance of a nationwide permit, at least […]

Event: Shellfish Aquaculture Educational Forum – Port Townsend

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee will be holding an educational forum on shellfish aquaculture on June 28th. Don’t expect any mention of the controversy over geoduck aquaculture in Jefferson County, unless of course, you come prepared to bring it up. They have decided that it’s too controversial to add to the agenda. However, they […]

Limited Shellfish Opening at Fort Flagler, Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay

Port Townsend – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have declined enough to allow recreational shellfish harvesting for oysters, manila clams and mussels at Fort Flagler, Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay. The area is still posted closed for harvesting of butter and varnish clams due to the fact that they remain toxic for longer […]

Shellfish Harvesting at Fort Flagler, Mystery Bay and Kilisut Harbor Closed Due to Biotoxins

Always check with the state before going shellfish harvesting. Recreational shellfish harvesters should check the DOH clickable map at http://www.doh.wa.gov/ShellfishSafety.htm or call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State. Recreational harvesters should also check Fish and Wildlife regulations and seasons at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/ or the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline 1-866-880-5431. […]

Harvesting Under The Stars: A Night In The Life Of A Shellfish Farmer – KNKX

An  8 minute radio piece on night harvest of shellfish at Totten Inlet.While it’s a nice story on the workers that harvest our oysters,  the reporter avoided discussing the issues that have been causing a citizen activist organization to be suing to stop the growth of the industry in this very inlet. If you were looking […]

New study finds no Fukushima radiation in shellfish samples in B.C.

News from Canada on the latest round of testing for Fukushima radiation. For those wanting a deeper dive on the methodology, try the link in the story below. Thought I would let you know of some good news in case you have been asked about this or have concerns yourself. The Fukushima incident in 2011 […]

UW gets NOAA grant to begin testing new forecast for toxic shellfish

Will be reporting on the waters off the Olympic Peninsula. Hannah Hickey News and Information A new NOAA-sponsored University of Washington project brings together academic, federal, state and tribal scientists to develop forecasts for toxic harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest, like the massive bloom that closed Pacific Northwest beaches to shellfish harvesting in […]

Washington, NOAA launch next step of shellfish initiative – AP

Governor Inslee moves forward on more aquaculture support without spending any more money.  Locally, we support the efforts to restore Olympia Oysters, and the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee is doing so in Discovery Bay. The MRC  also support a variety of shellfish growers, and are happy that the Tribes are able to make good […]

DNR buys lands around Taylor Shellfish hatchery for long-term conservation – PT Leader

I missed this story. More good news from DNR, Taylor Shellfish and the Northwest Watershed Institute. Moving forward on protecting shorelines that are key to aquaculture  from development. We need cooperative agreements where the habitat calls for it. On Sept. 17, Taylor Shellfish Farms sold four undeveloped shoreline parcels, totaling 15 acres, to the Washington […]