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Coast Seafoods permit approved
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

Operations to be cut by 21 acres; permit extended to 2025


9/14/17

Following months of negotiations, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a permit to allow Coast Seafoods Company to continue its shellfish farming operations in Humboldt Bay through 2025.

The Eureka company’s project was heavily revised this summer to address concerns raised by the commission in June when the company unsuccessfully proposed to expand its 300 acres of oyster and clam farming operations by another 260 acres.

Other special conditions attached to the project included the creation of monitoring plans for eelgrass, black brant and herring in coordination with regulatory agencies; limiting operations during brant hunting season;  monitoring, marking and cleanup of equipment; and creating a plan for transit lanes to reduce potential impacts of boats and barges on wildlife.

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Dredging work must wrap by October 15
Written by Hunter Cresswell, Times-Standard   


Coast Guard station, Eureka marina to be cleared of sediment


8/31/17

It’s a race against time on Humboldt Bay as two separate dredging projects battle the elements so both finish before an Oct. 15 deadline, according to harbor district and city of Eureka officials.

Sediment is set to be removed from near the Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay boathouse at the south end of the Samoa peninsula before work is done at the Eureka Boat Basin near the Wharfinger Building. Sediment brought up from the bottom of the bay will be dumped in the Pacific Ocean about 3 miles west of the Humboldt Bay entrance — known as the Humboldt Open Ocean Disposal Site, or HOODS.

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Coast Seafoods considers downsizing
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

 Shellfish company to create test plots to analyze potential for expansion

 

8/6/17

 

After its bid to expand its shellfish farming operations by more than 250 acres in Humboldt Bay was shot down earlier this summer, Coast Seafoods Company is now proposing to reduce its existing operations in the bay, according to state documents.

 

“This approach is what the agencies would like us to take,” the company’s Southwest Operations Manager Greg Dale said Saturday morning. “We just want to keep our farm.”

 

The Eureka-based company plans to remove a net 21.7 acres of its existing oyster and clam farming operations. The company also proposes to create 12 acres of new cultivation area made up of four “test plots” where the company will monitor how its oyster and clam farming techniques impact eelgrass and Pacific black brant foraging in different areas in the northern portion of the bay.

 

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Coast Seafood extension up for review
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standardll Houston, Times-Standard   

 

7/30/17

The California Coastal Commission is set to decide on Aug. 10 whether to renew Coast Seafood Company’s existing shellfish farming operations in Humboldt Bay. The company’s permits are set to expire the following day if not renewed.

Commission staff is recommending to extend the company’s nearly 300 acres of existing oyster and clam farming operations in northern Humboldt Bay through Dec. 31.

The proposed extension comes after the commission voted 6-5 to deny the company’s proposal to renew about 230 of its existing aquaculture operations and to expand by another nearly 260 acres. The commissioners who opposed the project were concerned about the size of the project and the potential impacts to sensitive eelgrass beds in the bay and the wildlife that rely on them.

Coastal Commission senior environmental scientist Cassidy Teufel said Saturday that the time extension is to allow the company to submit a revised expansion plan.

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Supes Take Needed Step to Protect Our Coast
Written by Jennifer Savage for the North Coast Journal   

 

7/28/17

 

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has joined other California lawmakers, business leaders, environmental groups and government agencies in rejecting the Trump administration’s attempts to open up the California coast to new offshore oil drilling. At its July 25 meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the nearby Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries. 

 

The sanctuaries, the resolution notes, “are home to some of the most diverse coastal ecosystems, which support giant kelp forests, many species of marine mammals, migrating salmon and hundreds of other forms of sea life,” before going on to confirm that, yes, the threat laid out in April’s “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” presidential order “is of deep concern.” 

 

The Trump administration’s directive calls for a “review” of national marine sanctuaries with the goal of opening these protected areas to new and expanded oil and gas drilling that are currently prohibited within them. As the resolution notes, Humboldt County “has long supported the protection of vital coastal resources, tourism, fishing and mariculture cultivation industries, and stands with other coastal counties in their efforts to protect these very pristine coastal waters.”

 

Efforts appear to have found some success, generating more than 67,000 comments and resulting in an extended comment period from the initial 30-day one, giving the public until Aug. 14 to weigh in. The North Coast's own Congressman Jared Huffman advocated heavily for the extension and will be holding a public forum in Marin to discuss the federal threat to the coast on Aug. 23.

 

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