The calamitous oil spill along the Gulf Coast might spell increased demand for oysters grown in the commercial growing areas of Puget Sound and coastal Washington.
More than one-third of the oyster-growing areas in the Gulf of Mexico have been closed to harvesting as a precautionary measure as the spill widens.
Northwest growers might absorb some of the lost production in the Gulf states.
It’s too early to predict whether growers here will see a spike in orders from the eastern half of the United States as a result of the likely production losses on the Gulf.
But it’s not too early to redouble efforts in the Northwest to keep our precious waters and shorelines free of oil pollution.
A renewed ban on oil drilling off the Washington coast, improved oil-spill prevention and response for Puget Sound oil tankers, and tighter controls on petroleum-laden stormwater from urban streets, highways and parking lots all are needed to avoid a Gulf-like disaster here.