Shellfish work continues
By Geoff Menzies, Manager
2003 has been a very productive year for cleaning up Drayton Harbor. All who have played a part should be proud of their contributions.
Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee members have helped to shape numerous studies conducted in and around the harbor during the past year. They have also helped with the community shellfish open house and Shuckin� on the Spit events. Both of these events were a big success thanks to major donations by Puget Sound shellfish businesses and Semiahmoo Resort.
The Puget Sound Restoration Fund, led by executive director Betsy Peabody, has continued to nurture the community oyster farm project and the volunteer �Farmers of the Tideflats.�
Despite a late-November pollution spike in the harbor that resulted from sample collection after heavy rains, we are hopeful that water quality will continue to improve this winter so that our home-grown oysters will be safe to eat this coming spring. With funding provided by the Russell Family Foundation, Whatcom County and the Puget Sound Action Team we conducted studies which showed that Blaine�s sewer lines are intact and not leaking to nearby storm drains or marine waters.
Circulation studies from Blaine Harbor showed that pollution problems in this harbor do not impact the community oyster farm beds. The Port of Bellingham inspected all 50 live-a-board boats in the Blaine Marina. This survey documented that resident boaters are in compliance with the special requirements that come with living on the water. The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee has recently launched studies to better understand bacterial pollution sources that continue to impact Blaine Harbor. The pollution puzzle in Drayton Harbor has a lot of pieces but we continue to make positive strides to put it all together. Here�s to continued partnerships and a bountiful home-grown oyster feed next spring.
�The oyster beds on Jersey�s coast have justly won a name, but we grow better flavored ones, yes sir right here in Blaine.�