I'll try to make this brief. I own 5 acres of upland property with a community owned beach of about 1350' on Dabob Bay. I don't have my deed handy to read the tidelands description and my property is for sale so I haven't kept up on this situation. Two years back, Department of Natural Resouces leased the lower section of the tidelands from some low tide Mark (but not that low) to a shellfish company. Prior to that, it naturally was public DNR tidelands lying adjacent but lower than our community owned tidelands. I've owned this property for about 30 years. Everyone used to wander about and get shellfish from the entire area. I was out there yesterday and no one was on the beach except the shellfish company owner picking oysters and I. I wasn't fishing. I wandered over and said hello. He said nothing. I then went farther out onto the tidelands past a staked out survey line of his shellfish lease. He immediately spoke up and told me to stay off his leased portion because I was stepping on new oyster seed. I proceeded to get in a somewhat heated discussion which I won't get in to. I headed home shortly thereafter in a pissy mood. Then I started wondering whether he truly had the right to stop me from WALKING or fishing on the leased portion of the beach. Anyone have a clue? Is DNR leasing beaches and killing PUBLIC access to shellfish beaches? After all, this is/was a public resource. When I get time, I'm heading to Olympia to get a copy of the shellfish lease. On top of that his lease is 10 years with a couple options for renewals. I think DNR screwed us community property owners by leasing tidelands adjacent to ours in the first place. The general public had access to this before also, and now they don't and you don't!