Predator exclusion nets covering previous natural habitat in Burley Lagoon
Are Puget Sound tidelands and estuaries being exploited by industrial aquaculture? Fragile estuaries such as Burley Lagoon depend on the stewardship of all people.
Friends of Burley Lagoon is troubled by the loss of natural habitat and feeding grounds for aquatic animals, plants, and waterfowl that call Burley Lagoon and Puget Sound home.
Currently, the Burley Estuary has large areas of the tideland covered in plastic nets to protect industrial oyster and clam beds from aquatic animals and birds considered pests by the industry.
These tidelands have been altered by the nets, and marine animals can be trapped under the nets and die. To boost the yield of clams and oysters, the industry can also remove species considered pests or predators including:
Now the industry is proposing the installation of a 25 acre geoduck site in the Burley Lagoon. If Pierce County approves the permit, cumulative impacts of industrial aquaculture practices could threaten the Burley estuaryís ecosystem and continue to interfere with the natural food web of Puget Sound.
Friends of Burley Lagoon is a group of citizen advocates monitoring the expansion and impacts of industrial aquaculture. We seek to provide information to the public and champion ecological balance and biodiversity in Burley Lagoon and Puget Sound. Friends of Burley Lagoon is committed to protecting Puget Sound tidelands and the Burley estuary. They are Washington treasures, not to be sacrificed.
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We welcome your contribution. Friends of Burley Lagoon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).
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Friends of Burley Lagoon
P O Box 363
Burley WA ,98322
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