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The Oyster Capitol of the World


PUD officials say fears are unfounded

By Leif Nesheim - The Daily World As negotiations for the acquisition of the mothballed Weyerhaeuser pulp mill drag into their fourth month, opponents continue to question the wisdom of the Grays Harbor PUD’s proposed partnership with Evergreen Pulp Cosmopolis.

PUD officials say the fears are groundless. Evergreen hopes to buy the mill from Weyerhaeuser, while the PUD would acquire the mill’s electricity generation assets in a simultaneous deal.

One critic, Ray Brown of Westport, this week grilled the PUD commissioners on the identity of its proposed partner. Brown is challenging Commissioner Jim Eddy’s bid for re-election.

“If your partner is a ‘shell’ corporation and they go broke, who picks up the site remediation tab?” Brown asked.

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Excerpt from Caplital Press: The West's Ag Website

Tiny culprit wages war on oysters
New filter best hope for stopping bacteria that kill larvae

Cookson Beecher
Capital Press

A tiny microbe is threatening the future of the Pacific Coast's vibrant oyster industry.

The bacterium, Vibrio tubiashii, is killing billions of young oyster larvae - the "seeds" that grow into the popular West Coast oysters so highly prized by domestic and overseas customers.

The problem is widespread. The tiny bacteria are killing oyster and geoduck larvae in every commercial shellfish hatchery on the West Coast, leaving shellfish growers in Washington, Oregon and California scrambling to find larvae stock for the 2008 growing season.

Late last summer, the situation got so bad that Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay in Oregon - one of the largest hatcheries on the West Coast -was forced to shut down.

The hatchery is currently open, but only partially.

Co-owner Mark Wiegardt said the hatchery usually produces many billions of oyster larvae each year. But it couldn't produce any at all when the bacteria exploded in numbers at the hatchery in August.

"It was like living in a nightmare," Wiegardt said in a June 9 interview with Capital Press.

At Taylor Shellfish Farm's hatchery on Dabob Bay on the Hood Canal in Washington, production is only 10 to 20 percent of normal.

"They're stressed," said hatchery manager Ed Jones, describing the larvae. "We're trying to figure it out."

The bacteria are also suspected of causing the disappearance of recent generations of wild oysters from Willapa Bay on the southern Washington coast.

"Not having the seed is having a big effect on our industry," said Bill Dewey, spokesman for Taylor Shellfish. "There might not be enough marketable oysters to sell in the next year or so."

Oysters typically take from 18 months to 4 years to grow before they're harvested.

The dire situation has farmers in Washington, Oregon and California laying off staff due to the seed shortages.

Dewey said commercial shellfish hatchers on the West Coast began to be severely impacted with outbreaks of the bacteria in 2006 and 2007.

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