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Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
715 Holgerson Rd., Sequim, WA 98382

Commercial Oyster Farm Proposed Within Refuge

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has done many positive things for our community. They have worked with Friends and the Refuge for environmental restoration and other beneficial projects. We do not object to their commercial aquaculture efforts. However, we do object to the proposed location for their commercial oyster farm within a closed area of the Refuge.

Our concerns about the proposed oyster farm location:
• The Refuge was established in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson to protect wildlife. It was not established to conduct commercial aquaculture operations with non-native species. If allowed, what precedent would this set for the future?

• The proposed location is a high use area for waterfowl and shorebirds, especially for winter foraging. The area also has eelgrass, which provides habitat for forage fish and shellfish.

• The level of proposed activity would present a great disturbance to wildlife.

• The proposed location could negatively impact the view and experience of the 100,000 annual Refuge visitors with the visual pollution of up to 80,000 plastic mesh bags, and boats and workers in the area.

• Plastic debris from the mesh bags is a concern. Wildlife could potentially get trapped in the mesh or ingest the plastic debris.

• Bags anchored to the ground could prevent native eelgrass from growing and may disrupt natural habitat on the seabed.

• Noise pollution from workers, boats, and equipment may scare wildlife, disturb visitors and neighbors on the bay.

You can voice your concerns to Clallam County until April 4th, 2019.

Documents about the proposed oyster farm

Click on the link above, then find several detailed documents regarding the proposal, exhibits, and public comments. On the top right of the page you will find links to submit a comment by email or fill out a an online form. There will
be a public hearing on April 4, 2019 at 1:00pm in Room 160 of the courthouse.

Public Information Forums
Protect Peninsula’s Future will be hosting two forums so the public can learn more about oyster farming and its impacts to shorelines and marine systems.

Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
Carter Room, Port Angeles Library, Lauridsen & Peabody, Port Angeles

Thursday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 South Blake Street, Sequim

If you are interested in getting involved with Protect Peninsula’s Future please send an email to:
oec@olympus.net Subject line should read: USFWS Refuge