Washington State Senate Passes Ban on Invasive Species Atlantic Salmon Net Pens

The Washington state Senate passed Sen. Kevin Ranker’s, D-Orcas, legislation to permanently ban commercial net pens used for farming invasive Atlantic salmon in state waters on Thursday, Feb. 8.

“In the months since the escape of hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon from the net pen failure, we have learned the extent of the mismanagement and negligence of Cooke Aquaculture,” said Ranker. “This sort of careless behavior is unacceptable for any company in Washington state. The state ban is a strong stance to ensure the protection of our marine environment and native salmon populations in the Salish Sea.”  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

“It is no longer acceptable for the people of the state of Washington to expose our waters to the threats posed by non-native Atlantic salmon in net pens,” said Gov. Jay Inslee at his regular media session. “We need to transition and phase out the leases that now exist because this is a risk that is intolerable and unacceptable.”

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