Cooke Aquaculture Pacific has filed a lawsuit seeking to continue running its Atlantic salmon farm in Port Angeles.
The suit, filed Thursday in Clallam County Superior Court, declares that Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands, erred in revoking the company’s lease to operate the Port Angeles farm. Franz on Dec. 15 demanded Cooke shut down the farm and remove the fish and equipment. There are nearly 700,000 Atlantic salmon at the farm. Click on the following two links below to access the full story.
Franz fired back against the appeal Friday, saying in a prepared statement, “The basis for terminating Cooke Aquaculture’s lease at its Port Angeles facility was made clear to the company and the public. My team will vigorously defend the termination against this meritless lawsuit.
Not all net pens are created equal – With all of the recent publicity about net pens, we feel compelled to weigh-in. Net pens are a technique for growing fish — a technique that has at times been done well, and at other times been done poorly. We are not inherently opposed to net pens. We are opposed to growing a non-native species in our waters.