Protect Community Waters From Harmful Plastics

Sunset at Puget Sound by Jason Weimer

Target: Sam Hunt, Washington State Representative

Goal: Don’t allow harmful aquaculture on recreational beach.

Plans to build a geoduck clam farm on the community beach of Zangle Cove, Washington could take away neighborhood recreational opportunities and add more plastic into Puget Sound waters, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. Plastic in the water harms both marine life and human health. Because of these factors the local neighborhood opposes the new farm. Urge their elected representative, Sam Hunt, to speak out against it as well.

A University of Washington study found that the plastics used in geoduck farming hurt foraging prospects for birds and other animals by creating spaces where their prey can hide. In addition, plastic in the ocean hurts birds and fish that consume it directly. Plastic consumption and entanglement kills 100,000 birds and sea turtles each year.

The chemicals in plastic ingested by birds and marine life can also end up in the humans that use them for food. Mercury, lead, and cadmium resulting from plastic contamination have all been found in marine life and are extremely dangerous for humans to consume. The amount of plastic in our oceans is growing more numerous. There is already a plastic covered area in the North Pacific Ocean bigger than the state of Texas.

Community members around the site of the proposed farm also object, citing decreased recreational opportunities. They are currently appealing the county’s decision that the farm would be acceptable if certain environmental conditions are complied with.

The proposed geoduck farm would detract from community life and put harmful plastics into the ocean. The ecosystem where the farm would be placed, Puget Sound, is the second largest estuary in the United States and deserves protection. Call on Representative Hunt to preserve it and the community around it.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Hunt,

The plans to construct a geoduck farm on Zangle Cove beach must not go forward. Not only would they destroy a community recreation spot, they would also add more harmful plastics to the ocean. Adding plastics to the ocean jeopardizes both marine life and the public health. Advocate to end the plans and keep waters the community depends on healthy.

Plastics from geoduck farming make it harder for birds and other animals to catch their prey because they provide more places for this prey to hide. In addition, ocean plastics have killed 100,000 birds and sea turtles each year. We ourselves are not immune to the dangers of plastics. There are dangerous chemicals such as mercury and lead in plastics that can get into the marine life we consume for food. Plastic in the ocean is already a serious problem. There is an island of plastic floating in the North Pacific bigger than the state of Texas; please don’t make it any larger.

The people living around Boston Harbor, your constituents, do not wish for the geoduck farm to go forward. They have appealed the county’s decision to allow it if certain environmental conditions are met. Support the wishes of your electorate and safeguard the community waters they hold dear.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jason Weimer

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