• Lilliwaup Oyster Shack

    June 14, 2010

    Our tour of Hood Canal oyster shacks continues with a stop in downtown Lilliwaup. According to John, who grew up in Lilliwaup proper and now shucks oysters for Hama Hama, when this shed was in use back in the 50s and 60s oyster farmers used to anchor big barges full of oysters out front for processing.

    Now there’s not a whole lot going on in Lilliwaup bay, and the shellfish beds in the bay itself aren’t farmed anymore because of pollution from a failing septic system upstream.




    { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

    bruce June 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

    What a nice little inlet. Sad that it is polluted. Is there nothing to be done about failing septic system?


    Oyster Fan June 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    There’s lots to be done about a failing septic, but only if the landowner wants to (or tries to remodel/upgrade their home, in which case the county would also require a septic upgrade).


    RK July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    You should at least make a minimal effort to get your facts straight. Public records are readily available. The bay was closed for shellfish harvest in 1998 due to elevated levels of bacteria in the marine water. This was due primarily to one abnormally high sampling that skewed the average. More recent sampling shows bacteria is well under the allowable maximums. There are no failed septic systems identified contrary to your statement. The bay was reopened to shellfish harvest in April 2007.


    Oyster Fan July 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

    good thing we have readers to fact check for us!


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