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Quinault Invasive Species

Lummi Battle Spilled Atlantic Salmon

A spilled Atlantic Salmon accident has put the waters of Washington State in peril of yet another invasive species. The Lummi Nation, the third largest tribe in Washington State, is in a state of emergency following the structural collapse of the Cooke Aquaculture open net-pen facility near Puget Sound. The breach released more than 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters, adjacent to Cypress Island, just east of the Canadian border near Victoria B.C. State officials announced over the weekend that no new permits would be issued for fish farm operations until the cause of the spilled Atlantic Salmon...

This is the Pacific Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here

The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an ‘incident command’ team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island. However, the Tribe is making two demands: The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound; As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making. “The problem is not excluded to Puget Sound alone....