King 5: Major clam bay near shelton in trouble

King 5:

One of the nation’s richest shell fish bays is in trouble.

Oakland Bay near Shelton produces 60 percent of the entire nation’s Manila clams.

But the water quality in parts of the bay barely passes state health standards because of the levels of fecal coliform, a form of bacteria found in human and animal waste.

… “It would have a major impact on both the economics of the tribe and individual members but also the food source we depend on on a daily basis,” said Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman Jim Peters.

Read the original press release here.