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'Let's Be Vigilant' 


Thanks to Elaine Weinreb for letting us know that the world's largest Atlantic Salmon fish farm proposed for Humboldt Bay, on ancestral Wiyot land and in the tsunami zone, I might add, is far from a done deal ("Supes OK Fish Farm Environmental Review," Oct. 6). I was appalled to learn that the Humboldt Bay Harbor District is a co-applicant with Nordic Aquafarms for this project and more interested in securing "anchor tenants" for the Samoa Peninsula than the impacts to our commercial fishery, recreational use of bay and ocean waters and conserving the vitality of the Humboldt Bay ecosystem.

For three citizen's groups with very relevant information that should have been fully addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Report to have had to pay $1,673-plus to file an appeal of the Planning Commission's decision to the Board of Supervisors, which then ignored the Department of Fish and Wildlife's recommendations regarding pheromone disruption of wild Pacific Salmon migration, impacts to Dungeness crab fishery, bay food chain micro organisms drawn into the intake and monitoring biological waste discharge to the ocean is a travesty.

Years ago, Surfrider Foundation fought long and hard and to great expense regarding the pulp mill's discharge through the 1.5-mile-long outfall pipe that Nordic wants to use. That pipe was always leaking and waste water discharge was definitely drawn back into the bay. It was easily seen washing brown and foamy into the harbor and along the beach. If you were in the water it would burn your skin.

Ten million gallons of bay water drawn into the proposed fish factory every day surely will have significant effects on the planktonic bay/ocean ecosystem We have a small bay just now starting to thrive after years of abuse. Let's be vigilant regarding this project.

Pamela Miller, McKinleyville

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