Public invited to comment on plans for South Port Townsend Bay and Mystery Bay

Port Hadlock, Jefferson County
Boats moored in South Port Townsend Bay near Port Hadlock in Jefferson County. Photo: DNR.

Interested in the future of moorage and shellfish harvesting near Port Hadlock and in Mystery Bay on Marrowstone Island? Learn more at a public hearing on September 10, when the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners presents management plans for both the South Port Townsend Bay (SPTB) and Mystery Bay.

Where: Jefferson County Board of Commissioners’ Chambers
1820 Jefferson St. in Port Townsend

When: Monday, September 10
10 a.m. — Mystery Bay Management Plan hearing
10:30 a.m. — South Port Townsend Bay Management Plan hearing

Both plans address issues related to transient boater use and unauthorized moorage in the bays and how these activities affect commercial shellfish operations. The goal of the plans is to make sure shellfish harvest areas can remain classified as “Approved” by the Washington State Department of Health.

The plans were prepared by the Washington State departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Health, the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) and Jefferson County representatives in collaboration with numerous stakeholders.

For more information about the hearings and to download copies of both plans, visit:

Further questions? Contact Brady Scott, DNR, at 360-732-0013.

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