Shellfish Aquaculture Regulatory Committee (SARC)
The SARC provided valuable input on geoduck provisions for the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (Chapter 173-26 WAC, Part III). The committee was disbanded in March 2012, one year after the geoduck provisions took effect. These SARC web pages are retained because the meeting notes and background materials related to the committee’s work is still relevant to current aquaculture policy and regulatory work of Ecology.
The 2007 Washington State Legislature passed SSHB 2220 relating to shellfish aquaculture. Codified as RCW 43.21A.681, the law:
The law outlined three committee tasks:
The first committee meeting was held July 2007. Regular meetings were held until January 2009. An additional meeting was held June 2010 to hear an update on Sea Grant research and advise Ecology on rulemaking. The last committee meeting was in March 2012 and coincided with an annual update of the Sea Grant research.
The committee’s recommendations have been summarized in three reports to the legislature:
Shellfish Aquaculture Regulatory Committee Recommendations On Guidelines For Geoduck Aquaculture Operations
Final Progress Report: House Bill 2220 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulatory Committee
Interim Progress Report: House Bill 2220 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulatory Committee
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