HumBay Oysters To Continue
Being an oyster lover, it's good to see Coast Seafoods will be continuing and perhaps expanding operations on Humboldt Bay. Sorry to see it took them so long to get the needed permits.
In the hard copy version of the story they have some sidebar info on how the oysters are raised and such. Fun stuff.
One question I have, and I hesitate to bring this up, is whatever came of the dioxins they found in some Humboldt Bay oysters a while back? I read some blurb in the news a few years ago regarding dioxin contaminated oysters and that was the last I've heard of it.
I guess that's something we probably don't want to know?
Back then I wasn't concerned about dioxins. If fact, I don't know that I'd even heard of dioxin back then. Still, there's all kinds of stuff that runs into the bay and I wondered if it ended up in the sharks or rockfish I'd often catch and eat.
Now we're told there's all kinds of pollution seeping into the bay. I'm not sure how much of that is hype and how much is really something to be concerned about.
I asked a marine biologist I'd met about the issue back in the early eighties. He was in charge of some ecological studies being done at Humboldt Bay Power Plant. He said you could tell if the fish had pollutants in them pretty much by looking at them, if memory serves me correct. I assumed he knew what he was talking about, but now I'm finding that a little hard to swallow- no pun intended.
I suppose, if the fish are polluted, it must not be too bad. I've eaten a lot of fish, crab and oysters out of Humboldt Bay over thirty- plus years, and I'm still kicking...at least so far.