Shellfish company to create test plots to analyze potential for expansion
After its bid to expand its shellfish farming operations by more than 250 acres in Humboldt Bay was shot down earlier this summer, Coast Seafoods Company is now proposing to reduce its existing operations in the bay, according to state documents.
“This approach is what the agencies would like us to take,” the company’s Southwest Operations Manager Greg Dale said Saturday morning. “We just want to keep our farm.”
The Eureka-based company plans to remove a net 21.7 acres of its existing oyster and clam farming operations. The company also proposes to create 12 acres of new cultivation area made up of four “test plots” where the company will monitor how its oyster and clam farming techniques impact eelgrass and Pacific black brant foraging in different areas in the northern portion of the bay.