South Whidbey Record


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Salmon pens threaten Whidbey's beauty

April 4, 2013 · Updated 1:39 PM

To the editor:

The March 30 “Viewpoint” (that took up a half a page) in our esteemed South Whidbey Record detailed a decidedly favorable position regarding salmon rearing net pens around Whidbey Island. The basis of the argument for net pens is money.

While I am not yet an “old timer” I have been around long enough to remember this issue being brought forth about 30 years ago — and being shot down.

Forget the shouting matches about drifting globs of salmon poop or the potential nasty environmental consequences that can occur when hybrid net-raised salmon mingle with our very own chinook and coho. Those arguments may have merit but they are a distraction.

Instead, do this: Look at a map of these United States, let your eyes wander to the beautiful Northwest corner. Now look at that big gorgeous island right in the middle of one of the world’s most beautiful bodies of water — that’s our island!

Money has a way of coming and going, mostly going. The simple “world class” beauty of where we live must be acknowledged as the clear winner in this argument. And that beauty must continue to be protected by those of us who enjoy it every day!

No thank you net pens!

Jeff Bakeman



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