Will pristine Zangle Cove become like this Totten Inlet tideland with a proposed industrial geoduck operation?
Protect Zangle Cove has joined with the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat and Wild Fish Conservancy in a legal action to require that the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) require Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permits for commercial intertidal aquaculture operations in Washington State.
The lawsuit also seeks to require that Pacific Northwest Aquaculture, LLC obtain an HPA permit from WDFW before engaging in commercial geoduck aquaculture operations in Zangl
We are a group of citizens who reside in Boston Harbor on the shores of South Puget Sound.
We share this area with many creatures, including a Bald Eagle family which has lived here as long as anyone can remember and feeds on the tidelands that are proposed for the industrial geoduck farm.
We also want to protect the Great Blue Heron family that feeds in the shallow waters of the tidelands, along with the crabs, the wild salmon, forage fish, eelgrass, diving ducks and all the species who live in and around Zangel Cove. The tidelands are an irreplacable part of this habitat.
To protect the tideland of Zangle Cove from industrial geoduck aquaculture.
To preserve critical habitat on Puget Sound tidelands.
To support the US Dept of Energy and US EPA in their mission to protect and restore eelgrass in Zangle Cove, Joemma Beach and other tidelands in Puget Sound.
To educate all citizens about the nearshore habitat that is crucial to the food chain.
To inform legislators and county officials of the problems associated with industrial shellfish aquaculture on the tidelands and to encourage rulemaking to protect Puget Sound shorelines for both the enjoyment and recreation of citizens and for the native species who call these tidelands home.