Still recovering from escaped Atlantic salmon, Cooke Aquaculture now wants to farm steelhead

In August 2017, at least 263,000 farmed Atlantic salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s net pens at Washington’s Cypress Island into Washington state waters. The incident launched a legislated process to phase out nonnative finfish farming in Washington by 2025, and a $332,000 fine for Cooke Aquaculture, a Canadian multinational seafood company.

As Cooke sunsets its Atlantic salmon farming in the state, it has experienced at least two viral outbreaks impacting more than 1 million fish; and was fined for more water quality violations.

But not quite two years since the disaster, Cooke Aquaculture is exploring something that has put environmental activists on alert: the possibility of transitioning its remaining net pens to farm native steelhead trout.

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One thought on “Still recovering from escaped Atlantic salmon, Cooke Aquaculture now wants to farm steelhead

  1. Do the Republicans hate EVERYTHING that involves conservation? Why, do they not cooperate in efforts to stop Asian carp fromcreating the Great Lakes?
    Use your vite, put people in office who care! ! !

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