Clallam County Hearing Examiner Andrew Reeves has approved the first phase of Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s planned oyster farm south of the Dungeness Spit. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group) SEQUIM — The first portion of a three-phase oyster farm planned by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe within the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge has received approval from the county’s hearing examiner after years of analysis and discussion.
Notice went out Feb. 6 that Clallam County Hearing Examiner Andrew Reeves had approved the project’s first phase, which is 5 acres of on-bottom bag oyster cultivation with up to 4,000 bags per acre.
Before the tribe can increase its farm to 10 acres of oysters in phase 2, and up to 20 acres in phase 3, it is necessary to have analysis of the farm’s impact on the area, the hearing examiner said.
“There is insufficient current data, however, to fully assess long-term impacts from this type of operation, especially in relation to the Refuge,” Reeves wrote in his decision.
He said that the hearing would reopen prior to phase 2’s expansion “to evaluate phase 1 impacts on the environment with particular emphasis on determining whether detrimental impacts have occurred to the refuge in conjunction with phase 1, whether additional conditions are necessary, and whether it is appropriate to approve additional phases of the approval.”
Reeves made his original decision on the project on Jan. 10, but Clallam County’s Department of Community Development staff on Jan. 21 filed an appeal regarding a condition regarding wildlife monitoring.
In county staff’s appeal, […]