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China has banned imports of geoducks from the West Coast.

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — A controversial proposal for a geoduck and oyster farm on Hood Canal is being pulled.

The Kitsap Sun reports that according to Kitsap County planners, Scott Kimmel, the owner of New Day Fisheries, has decided not to pursue permit applications for the project.

The Poulsbo fisherman had been seeking approval for a geoduck farm he installed without permits on private tidelands in 2013. Kimmel said he didn’t know he needed permits to plant more than 9,000 geoduck seeds in plastic tubes embedded in the sand just north of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Nearby residents and some environmental groups complained after the tubes were installed, and Kimmel began to retroactively seek permits.

The newspaper said Kimmel didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kimmel has agreed to remove the existing geoduck tubes.

Geoduck culturing is an emerging industry in the state, with the giant, burrowing clams fetching exorbitant prices in Asia. Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton recently applied to install a 30-acre geoduck farm in Clallam County’s Dungeness Bay.

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2 comments

  • Skip

    A small win for the environmental groups opposed to the shellfish industry. Several shellfish companies are trying to turn Puget Sound into their private farm. Beach front property owners have rights and the Governor should pay attention to citizens opposed to further expansion of the geoduck industry. Help the Chinese develop their own shellfish farms.

    • DuhNigreus

      “Help the Chinese” so that they can compete with Americans and complete their ultimate conquest of this country. What an incredibly clueless remark!