Shellfish regulation is serious business


On March 15, 2012, the state and county health department held a special hearing at the Ocean Shores Lions Club to explain to the public that federal shellfish regulations require a “Special Protection District (SPD) be created by the state at which time the periodic testing of shellfish growing areas result in excessive levels of fecal coliform.

When found due to non-point pollution sources, the task is to find the actual source of the pollution, stop it forever and determine when the shellfish can be once again harvested commercially. What the mayor apparently doesn’t realize is the federal food and drug shellfish regulatory agency is only a one-country member of the international pact for managing and regulating the world’s commercial shellfish growing, harvesting and processing industry to protect the consumers from the member country from any shabby and illegal business practices by others.

It was just in the news about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration embargoing certain shellfish produced and shipped internationally by a Korean seafood company, which is a serious as it can get in the name of the health concerns of the product’s users.

Mayor Crystal Dingler’s NIMBY (not in my back yard) attitude that the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, in front of her “little” city, comes under the jurisdiction of the city of Ocean Shores could cause a major problem for her administration. By keeping on with her advocacy without doing the due diligence process concerning this very serious matter, she could put the city on the map and not in a very good manner for attracting tourists.

I wonder what she will have to say when the EPA determines that the horses trotting up and down the beach is the point source of the high fecal coliform which has closed the commercial razor clam harvests until such time as the EPA is satisfied that the source is in fact something else or county property for their riding business. This serious measure is being done by all governing agencies charged with the health and safety of the state and her city’s residents.

J.F. “Jack” Weisgerber

Aberdeen