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December 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Initiative to boost shellfish farms in state

PHUONG LE
The Associated Press

Washington state’s cool marine waters make growing oysters, clams and mussels ideal, but permitting hurdles, farmers say, means they aren’t able to grow as much as they would like to meet growing demand.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Gov. Chris Gregoire want to change that. On Friday, they announced a new initiative to help the farmers grow more shellfish responsibly, as well as promote shellfish research and rebuild native populations of Olympia oysters and pinto abalone.

The Washington initiative is part of a larger push by the federal government to close a $9 billion trade deficit in seafood, and the first state action under the National Shellfish Initiative. NOAA estimates about 84 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, and half of that comes from fish farms. Last June, the agency released guidelines on how fish can be farmed responsibly in federal waters.

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