The Rafeedie Decision affirmed tribal shellfishing rights and co-management responsibility to signatory tribes in Washington.Read More
Under direction from U.S. Commissioner Bowers, biologist Bashford Dean sent to Japan to report on oyster culture; Dean recommends transplanting to the U.S. Pacific coast from northern latitudes with similar salinity, and in sufficient numbers to ensure survival (Dean, 1902).
In April, 1900 John B. Allen, U.S. Senator (WA) petitions T.C. Mendenhall, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey to officially change the name of Shoalwater Bay to Willapa Bay. The official decision ...Read More
Bush Act and Callow Act. Dredging of oysters from natural beds prohibited; no harvest of natural beds between June 15-October 31. Prior occupancy given right to purchase. An Act to Protect Eastern Oysters on state lands for 5 years (to allow introduction success/establishment of the species). Repeal of the Act of March 26, 1890.Read More
An Act for the Appraising andDisposing of the Tide and Shore Lands Belonging to the State of Washington, also known as the “Act of March 26, 1890” or “The Tide Land Bill” (Crawford, 1890). This act states any person who, prior to the passage of the act, has planted oysters in an area other than where they naturally occur has the exclusive right to purchase that land with”perfect title” (up to 80 acres). An Act to Protect ...Read More