Transfer this scenario to Willapa Bay and substitute burrowing shrimp for moles, and you have some idea of the anxiety gripping local oyster growers.
Last week, prominent Willapa oysterman Dave Nisbet’s crew hurried to evacuate oysters from a vital bed near the mouth of Cedar River, racing to move them before they smother and die in loose muck churned up by the prolific shrimp.
“We’ve got a bed up there at Cedar River, actually at this time it’s our best fattening bed,” said Nisbet, 65. “There’s a lot of infestation all around that bed in the Tokeland area … So we’re abandoning. We’re in the process of moving all the oysters off the bed. It’s 80 acres, so it’s a big bed and it’s going to be a big hit.”
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