Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest


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The Washington Department of Ecology is examining an application to allow an imidacloprid insecticide application to the waters of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The use of imidacloprid is intended to control two native species of burrowing shrimp, ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) and mud shrimp (Upogebia pugettensis), which are negatively affecting oyster farming.

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has been following this issue. We’ve researched scientific data on this pesticide and we have reviewed the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). We will soon submit a comment letter which raises serious concerns about the conclusions by the Department of Ecology and possible approval of the use of imidacloprid in a tidal area.

Petition Text:

"We, the undersigned, support efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem from a potentially dangerous pesticide application. This plan is understudied, inadequate and fails to protect community and environmental health!

We support timely efforts to expand promising alternatives to neonicotinoids and to increase their feasibility and effectiveness. Investments should be made in educational, technical, financial, policy, and market support to accelerate adoption of alternatives rather than continuing to rely on highly toxic pesticides. Research and demonstration are needed to determine and improve the most effective alternatives and their respective potential and feasibility for farms of different sizes, locations, shrimp population density, and access to equipment. The state should invest its resources in these efforts prior to and instead of allowing toxic contamination of state estuaries.

Department of Ecology must protect Washington’s water, wildlife, public health, and local economies from the harmful impacts of toxic pesticides. The future of oyster farming in Washington State depends on the industry’s ability to adopt sustainable cultural and management strategies."

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  • signed 2017-10-26 14:04:05 -0700
    neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid are extremely dangerous. Using them in a watershed will kill more than the shrimp being targeted. Other means of raising oysters that don’t require this approach should be done instead. Furthermore, imidacloprid is also dangerous for humans and finally it will be persistent in the silt for years.
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:56:20 -0700
    Please place the health of the whole ecosystem above the short-term profits of one industry.
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:50:15 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:48:36 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:48:10 -0700
    Whitney Neugebauer
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-26 13:46:54 -0700
    Sign the petition: Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:46:09 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:40:47 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-26 13:27:26 -0700
    Sign the petition: Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:27:25 -0700
    This insecticide doesn’t target only one or two species. It will deal a terrible blow to the entire ecosystem.
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:26:37 -0700
    destruction of native species in order to promote commercial oyster farming is short sighted and will cause a domino effect throughout the marine ecosystem – please do not proceed with these plans!
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:21:39 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:09:43 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:01:57 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 13:00:41 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:56:34 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:55:15 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:53:30 -0700
    Protect our waters and our native species! No to insecticides in our water!
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:49:51 -0700
    We do not understand this ecosystem enough to be messing around with managing through chemical application.
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:49:03 -0700
    The use of toxic pesticides to control native species is irresponsible and short-sighted. I urge you to reconsider this plan.
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:47:52 -0700
    Elizabeth Slikas
  • signed 2017-10-26 12:45:18 -0700
    Susan Medlin
  • signed 2017-10-26 11:13:11 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-26 09:51:40 -0700
    This must be addressed for the economy of the area and the health of the habitat.
  • signed 2017-10-26 00:29:38 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-25 22:06:52 -0700
    Constance Huff
  • signed 2017-10-25 21:42:18 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-25 21:13:46 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-25 21:04:01 -0700
    I have lived on an over-dredged oyster bed beach for nearly 25 of my 77 years, and would very much appreciate my grandkids to swim, boat & fish out there without the dread of poisoning them. PLEASE continue to fight to preserve our environment… we only have the 1 to go around.
  • signed 2017-10-25 19:47:46 -0700