South Whidbey Record


LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Wayward mussel disks pollute

May 9, 2013 · Updated 3:31 PM

To the editor:

Concerning Mr. Jefferds’ comment (The Record, May 4) that he is offended he may be required to prove his commercial shell fish farm in Penn Cove does not result in “adverse environmental impact,” I submit the following.

For six months this past winter I lived and worked on Protection Island Wildlife Refuge, a 380 acre island in the Salish Sea between Port Townsend and Sequim. Over the course of my last five months on the island I retained items discovered washed up on the islands beach. Of these were more than 50 large black plastic disks which have “Manufactured by Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC” and their phone number embossed upon them. These items are used in their farming process at the Penn Cove Commercial facility and the staff has told me “some float away.” If my findings are representative of the remaining beaches in Puget Sound, a mathematical computation would result in a shocking number of this non biodegradable litter being constantly distributed upon our beaches.

Pollution is pollution, Mr. Jefferds. Of greater concern to me is what is happening to the sea bed below the rafts. I believe we need to have a study done to determine if harm has occurred to the sea life below those rafts.

Lewis Brantley


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