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Readings for Week 7: Shellfish Post-Mortem

Tuesday, May 10

Today we will begin with our field trip post-mortem. The first thing will be a slide show chosen by from pictures that you mail before 5 p.m. on Monday to two volunteers, who will present the slide show. If you take pictures on the trip, please send them up to 20 pictures, in format small enough not to overflow their email inboxes, or use another means to send them your pictures or videos.

After that, we will feature a guest presentation by Professor Glenn Van Blaricom of the UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences on the ecological effects of geoduck farming in Puget Sound. In preparation for the talk, start with Ted Williams's Muddy Waters, a nice journalistic account of the controversy over geoduck farming, and then proceed to the science, reading slowly and carefully McDonald et al.'s report on the Effects of Geoduck Aquaculture on local ecology, Then, by 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11 (so that Professor VanBlaricom can get a heads-up) post two good questions you would like to ask our guest about shellfish aquaculture and its impact on Puget Sound.

Thursday, May 12

So today we sum it all up with your ideas about what policy ought to be. Based on our trip, our discussion with our guest speaker, and on the resources you are reading, we will have a wrap-up discussion on what policies for oyster, clam, mussel and geoduck farming in Puget sound should be, and why. We will should consider the interaction between social-economic effects and ecological effects. To begin preparing for this, read Hall, Hamerly, and Wright's Keystone Report and Shamshak and King's report on the global geoduck market. Additional Resources you might want to look at include: