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“Changing the Nature of Puget Sound: a look at the impacts of industrial aquaculture”

What: 14th annual environmental conference sponsored by the Association of Bainbridge Communities. Industrial aquaculture will be the topic this year. West Sound Conservation Council is one of the co-sponsors.

When: 21 May 2017, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Registration is now open for the conference. It’s suggested that you register early because space is limited. A description of the conference and the registration site can be found at < (accessed 4 Apr. 2017). The following description of the conference was posted at the eventsbrite site:


ABC's annual Environmental Conference is May 21, 2017. The conference topic this year is Changing the Nature of Puget Sound: a look at the impacts of industrial aquaculture. The event is at IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Because space is limited, registration is required and is free.    

Speakers for this regional conference will cover ecosystem impacts, science and policy of aquaculture, legal aspects of the industry, food safety and health issues, problems with Atlantic salmon netpens, and experiences of neighbors living with this industry on their shorelines.

Co-sponsors of the conference include Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC), Bainbridge Alliance for Puget Sound (BAPS), the Center for Food Safety, City of Bainbridge Island, Coalition to Protect Puget Sound, Friends of Burley Lagoon, Hood Canal Environmental Council, Kitsap Audubon, Murden Cove Preservation Society, Sierra Club Washington Chapter Water and Salmon Committee, Sound Action, Sustainable Bainbridge, West Sound Conservation Council and Wild Fish Conservancy.

12:30 pm - Registration/Exhibits at IslandWood Welcome Center
1:00 pm - Introduction to Conference
1:10 pm - Overview of Impacts of Industrial Aquaculture
1:30 pm - Dispelling the Myths of Aquaculture
2:05 pm - Legal Aspects including Shellfish Initiative
2:35 pm - Regulatory Gaps in Permitting
3:00 pm - BREAK to visit exhibits
3:20 pm - Specific Aquaculture Topics: Atlantic Salmon Feedlots and Spraying and Health Issues
4:20 pm - Panel of Puget Sound Homeowners impacted by Industrial Aquaculture
5:20 pm - Next Steps: getting involved
5:30 pm - Adjournment