State representative speaks to Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce on Mystery Bay shellfish

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2009

Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT TOWNSEND — Legislation to limit state Department of Health authority to shut down commercial shellfish operations in Mystery Bay off Marrowstone Island based on boat moorage buoy concentrations will be high on Rep. Kevin Van De Wege’s agenda in the coming legislative session.

"In my mind, search they’re going a little bit overboard on this, and we are going to try to reign them in a little," the Sequim Democrat told about 50 attending Monday’s Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Elks Lodge.

The Department of Health in August shut down the portion of Mystery Bay outside Griffith Point, citing too many boats moored in the shellfish-rich bay.

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