Washington state to cancel Cooke Atlantic salmon farm lease
Monday, December 18, 2017, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Washington state officials have cancelled the lease of a Port Angeles salmon farm belonging to Cooke Aquaculture, from which more than 160,000 adult Atlantic salmon escaped last summer. The farm will have to stop operating for being considered “unsafe and illegal.”
The cancellation procedure was performed by state commissioner of public lands Hilary Franz, who explained the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would work with other state agencies to enforce an orderly shutdown and complete removal of the farm.
“There is no room for negotiation. The farm, which comprises one large pen with 14 cages and a smaller pen with six cages, is outside the boundaries of its lease with the department and causing a navigation hazard,” Franz pointed out as informed by The Seattle Times.
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