Permit ruling anticipated

Presentation says aquaculture 'a permitted use'


August 24, 2023

Kim Fowler/SMCJ

Mason County Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts once again heard public comment and asked his own questions about the permit for Taylor Shellfish's proposed floating oyster bag farm in Oakland Bay.

The public hearing continued Aug. 16 after a previous public hearing Aug. 9 in the Mason County commissioner chambers that drew a standing-room-only crowd. It began with Taylor Shellfish representative Erin Ewald asking Olbrechts for two weeks to provide written responses to the public comment received about the proposal, which was granted. Taylor Shellfish has until Aug. 30 to reply to public comm...

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