Wanna Talk Wildlife? OK. Let’s Talk Cherry Point Wildlife / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Yesterday at 4:47am  April 10, 2016  Wendy Harris

If only our own port commissioners cared about Cherry Point herring as much as the new port commissioner in Seattle. Thanks, Fred.

They are a biologically significant unit because they are genetically distinct from other Puget Sound herring. And despite this, the planning department refused to add the herring to our list of species of local importance to protect as a part of the critical area. In fact, the staff removed ALL local species of importance, and did so based on willful ignorance, ignoring information form the last Best Available Science report in 2005. I hope you will join me in protesting this failure to include Cherry Point herring as a species of local importance entitled to protection as a habitat conservation area.

And while we are on Cherry Point species, there are three species of rockfish, and habitat, that were recently protected under the endangered species act as endangered or threatened. This may have impact on the permits GPT needs from the Corp. of Engineers, but it is unclear to me if this is being considered. It does not appear that staff paid attention to the information that I provided regarding these new ESA listings.

Read Wendy’s post in the Whatcom Hawk Facebook group here.

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