There is so much more to this story than just "pesticide being used on oyster farms". First of all it is limited to two areas only - but - those are the two largest oyster farming bays in the state (and may be the country but I don't know). The bays are "Gray's Harbor" and "Willapa Bay". So boycotting all oysters may hurt some other growers that should not be.
The pesticide manufacturer specifically states not to use over/in water. All governmental agencies who are involved in the use of any chemicals are 100% against the use of this pesticide - EXCEPT for the WA Department of Ecology. This is very interesting since Ecology is normally a rapid dog when it comes to any chemicals in the water. Taylor Farms must have some real friends in Ecology to get them to approve this. I can't over-emphasize how unusual this is.
This pesticide is strongly implicated in the wholesale loss of honey bees worldwide. It is banned in Europe
- completely to my knowledge.
No testing has been done by anyone other than the proponent of this "solution". It needs to be tested, at least somewhat, by an independent
group. The side effects of this pesticide in a closed harbor/bay are completely unknown. It is not known how much residual pesticide (or residues from it) will end up in the oysters which go to market. It is not known if the helicopter spraying will result in the pesticide only going in to these huge bays or how much will drift over to land. The effects on other food
fishes is not known.
This is pure greed to push this through like this. The US (and many other areas of the world) are trying to undo the huge damage from other widespread uses of pesticides. Some of this damage was not recognized for years with long standing problems.
I'm with Cheechako on boycotting oysters from these two areas. You should also (even if you don't eat oysters but have concerns) express concern at restaurants and stores who sell oysters so that they understand the impact to their own profits. Most of these oysters will be sold outside of Washington
state from what I understand so it may be difficult to ID where they come from.
If you are unconcerned about eating pesticides or destroying ecosystems then go for it. Darwin always wins in the end and we (and our kids) have to live or die by those rules.
Here is one article. Just google
"oyster pesticide" for more. Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Oysters and Pesticides: The Washington State Department of Ecology Stumbles