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Chasing the Greased Pig
If any of you have ever been to a rodeo or "old
fashion" state fair, one of the more fruitless but entertaining
events is when the judges pour lard or oil on one or more porkers and set
kids or (worse yet) adults to the task of trying the catch the animal.
We have the pig running around in
circles, avoiding capture and frustrating contestants. At the end
of the event, everybody is exhausted, dirty and laughing. Yes, it's
Not so much a laughing matter but
equally pointless is the behavior of our two favorite state agencies,
Department of Health and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In the true "spirit of Inslee"
DOH has raised its registration fees by over double to allow for better
"emphasis inspections and compliance"
Gold Coast recently had such an inspection which resulted in
an abortive and contentious invasion of our plant and no record left of
the visit or inspection until we brought the trespass to account. Where
the inspectors justified in what they were the doing - yes. Was anything
accomplished? No. Was there a health problem? None.
WDFW (aka "Fish and Feathers"
visited one of our clients to perform a "beach check" and,
operating on incorrect information, and a misunderstanding of property
line boundaries, impounded several thousand dollars
worth of our oysters and beach owners' beach rental revenue.
This issue is still in progress, but calls
to WDFW management to account for resolution of the problem are being
yes, we run around in circles, grunting and squealing, with no progress
and no results!
is a "slippery" slope!
Invasion of the Green Crab
European green crab, Carcinus maenas, has arrived on the shores of Washington
State. This recently-introduced exotic species has the potential for
great destruction. Green crabs can disperse over large areas and have
serious adverse effects on fisheries and aquaculture; their impacts include
the possibility of altering the biodiversity of ecosystems.
bring this to your attention as it appears this destructive critter has
spread from Grays Harbor and Willipa Bay to
Puget Sound inland waters.
the green crab was first discovered in Washington State in 1998, the
state provided funds to immediately begin monitoring and control efforts
in both the Puget Sound region and along Washington's coast.
more about early detection, monitoring and volunteer opportunities
Sea Grant Volunteers
Our Thanksgiving, Our Blessing:
Here at Gold
Coast we want to take a moment and recognize the many things we take
for granted. First is all is our appreciation of you beach owners and readers that help
support us and our business mission. Despite our somewhat
"progressive" repressive state government, we live in the
greatest country in the world. We are thankful for the bounty
and beauty of our area of the world. This holiday season we
pause to consider that we cannot take this for granted but must work
hard every day to become great stewards of what nature gives us.
manager, Bill Allen, and I will work diligently to maintain the
integrity of the business and your private property rights.
This right is being threatened from all sides, and we will keep
you informed on what you can do to help us as we move into 2017.
May you and
yours have a wonderful New Year!
was just another very successful year for Elliott's oysterfest (New Year). Brad Bodley and Bill
Allen certainly attracted the appitites of
the best of the best oyster lovers.
"Love that briny taste"
And it goes
to a great cause..seriously!
can't beat the taste of those Gold Creek brand oysters!
It's All About
Earlier this fall we had
the pleasure of welcoming a wonderful family from "down
under", in Bomaderry, Australia.
Keith and Helen Lierz visited with
us for three days. Bill had seen their country about 12 years
ago, and looks forward to another return.
Scott showed them all about shellfish and target shooting at the Brinnon facility. What a blast!
From left are Nolan and Riley with their friend Angus
(wish I could package his Aussie accent!), Keith, Scott, Helen and
Doing it Right!
The Columbia River
Salmon Fishery proves, once again what can happen when there is
collaboration and cooperation to protect a valued resource, king
salmon. Washington and Oregon tribes that border the river
work carefully to manage an excellent and growing fishery that
protects the tribes, sportsfishermen, and
When the courts force
feed "usual and accustomed" to the exclusion of
everybody's interests, you have selfish contenciousness
and a declining resource which we see all too often in Hood Canal
and Puget Sound.
On the other hand, when
there is commitment to making it better for future generations,
rather than an attitude of "I, me, and mine", good things
happen, as evidenced by this nice fattie
Bill picked up this fall.
Got YOUR Gold Coast Gear Yet?
It's not too late! We still have T-shirts,
hoodies, and windbreakers with the BEST DAMN logo around. Be a living
part of what we do. Call the Gold Coast office at 360-426-0379
and get yours today!
Have you been to our facebook
page lately? We've been packing that site with everything
from fun to fantasy and many facts. Get to it from the
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You can also order your Gold Coast gear. See
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Thanks as always for your comments, complaints and
Gold Coast Oyster
PO Box 276
Shelton, Washington 98584