BREMERTON, Wash. -

A Washington company has volunteered to examine the environmental impact of its proposed shellfish farm after opposition from environmental groups.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Taylor Shellfish, Washington's largest shellfish grower, plans to convert existing commercial shellfish beds in Burley Lagoon into a geoduck farm. The 25-acre area would be covered with a grid of plastic tubes and mesh to protect the large clams and plastic netting would be used as an extra barrier to predators.

Environmental groups and scientists say geoduck farming gear could make it difficult for eagles and seabirds to find food and might harm wildlife.

Taylor has volunteered to prepare an environmental impact statement to ease concerns about its plans for the Pierce County lagoon.