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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've followed this group for 2 years. It concinced me that the "Our" in their name is inclusive, not exclusive as one writer suggests. I am continually reminded that the Public Trust Doctrine in this country makes us all responsible for the health of our aquatic resources, and that we all have rights to access those resources, even the waters across private tidelands. I live in the country, but my friends in cities cannot grasp how Washington State governments can literally give away Puget Sound to commercial interests who pay little for the use of local government agencies, very little in property tax compared to the return from their aquatic products, and fight any attempts to regulate their practices. Protect Our Shoreline links many communities who would otherwise feel left out of the decision making process, lack easy access to ongoing scientific studies, and/or lack information on how to engage with others who share concerns about salmon recovery and the health of Puget Sound as a national treasure.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was one of the first organizations to make agencies and the public aware that the shellfish industry was no longer the benign and passive industry it used to be. Among many other things, Protect Our Shoreline has made people aware the shellfish industry has: introduced non-native species into Puget Sound's waters and tidelands; consider native species to be "pests" which should be erradicated with chemical treatments; consider tideland habitat to be nothing more than somewhere to place their structures to grow shellfish in; and, are becoming wealthy at the expense of future generations ability to enjoy Puget Sound's natural habitat and species.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is a great organization helping to preserve Puget Sound's shorelines from being developed for aquaculture.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Do NOT donate to these folks if you are looking to support environmental conservation. They are a conservative property rights group that operates under the guise of environmentalism in order to roadblock projects to cultivate native shellfish species in Puget Sound. "Protect Our Shorelines" opposes these projects because they primarily represent homeowners whose waterfront views are impacted by aquacultural activities.