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Cooke Aquaculture

WDFW Authorizes Transfer of Atlantic Salmon into Net Pens

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound. WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state’s requirements for fish health. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed legislation to phase out Atlantic salmon net pen operations in Puget Sound as soon as 2022. Cooke is continuing its operations in the meantime. On Aug. 2, Cooke submitted applications to move a total of 800,000 1-year-old...

Washington Official: Cooke ‘Negligence’ Caused Salmon Escape

Washington state officials have fined a unit of Canada’s Cooke Aquaculture $332,000 for allegedly breaching water quality rules with the August 2017 salmon escape. In a Jan. 30 press conference, state officials charged with investigating the escape of several thousand salmon blasted the company for its actions prior to the incident, which they claimed, could have been prevented.  “What we can now confirm is that Cooke Aquaculture was negligent,” Maia Bellon, director of Washington state’s Department of Ecology, said during a press conference. “Cooke Aquaculture’s negligence led directly to the Atlantic salmon pen failure in August of 2017. What’s even...