Washington State cancels Cooke’s lease

Liza Mayer
February 06, 2018
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Washington State has cancelled Cooke Aquaculture’s lease at site where net pen collapsed last summer
Washington State has cancelled Cooke Aquaculture’s lease at site where net pen collapsed last summer Washington Department of Ecology
Washington State has cancelled Cooke Aquaculture’s lease at the site where net pens holding farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed last summer.

The termination comes after a state investigation found the net pen collapse could have been prevented. The company’s failure to adequately clean its nets directly contributed to the net-pen failure at the facility in August, the investigation showed.

Cooke was fined $332,000 for the incident. The company criticized the investigation conducted by the state’s Ecology, Fish & Wildlife, and Natural Resources departments as incomplete and inaccurate and conducted by investigators with limited experience in aquaculture or net-pen operations.


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