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Pacific Seafood seeks to move California oyster, clam farming areas

A bid by Pacific Seafood Group-owned Coast Seafoods Company – California’s largest shellfish producer — to relocate some of its oyster and clam fishing operations will be discussed Wednesday by the California Coastal Commission, the Eureka Times-Standard reports. 

The 11 voting members of the panel (one seat is vacant) are charged with “protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.”

Eureka, California-based Coast Seafood, a unit of northwest processing giant Pacific is seeking to downsize its current 300-acre operation by about 21 acres and relocate 42 acres to the Mad River and Bird Island areas of Humboldt Bay, on the northwestern corner of the state, over a three-year period. The company’s goal is to increase production by changing cultivation techniques in some areas, a report by the commission’s staff explains. 

The Coastal Commission, in June, rejected a proposal by the company to expand its operation to 500 acres…


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