Jul 19, 2007

Keeping it clean

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Keith Stavrum is an organic oyster farmer at the historic Moby Dick Hotel, located near Nahcotta. He and his boss are in the process of suing the county over the mandatory control of Spartina, a foreign grass that was brought to the area in oyster crates from Asia back in the early 20th century. While a vast majority of oyster farmers on the Willapa Bay hate the grass, and claim that it eats a ton of space that could be used for growing their crop, Stavrum believes that the oysters and the Spartina can coexist. The county has been using a chemical spray to fight back the invasive grass, something the Stavrum does not agree with. And when the county sprayed some of the Moby Dick's land without their permission, it was the last straw.


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