Walsh says oyster farmers need to be able to protect their crops
Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, discusses the need to support oyster farmers and sustainable aquaculture farming. Oyster farmers are fighting an invasive species of “ghost shrimp” that are decimating many oyster beds in Washington state. Walsh authored a provision in the 2017 operating budget that would require the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), which has regulatory control, to complete their studies on safe methods to battle the shrimp in a timely manner.
Although the original 2017 provision was rejected, Walsh says he will reintroduce the legislation in 2018. If approved by the Legislature, DOE would be required to complete their studies within two years and begin issuing permits to oyster farmers so they can protect their crops.
###Washington State House Republican Communications