Public comment sought on oyster growers’ new plan to spray beds with pesticide

WSU scientist Kim Patten scratching out a box and counting the number of suspected Ghost Shrimp in an area that has been taken over by the species that live under the sand, softening the area to the point that oysters can’t be grown.

A 2015 proposal to spray some Washington oyster beds with imidacloprid, a neurotoxic pesticide, was withdrawn after a deluge of opposition from local chefs and the public. Now a new plan is in the works.  WATCH

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