Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Recommendations Comments

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The public has been asked to provide comments on early scoping decisions regarding the Department of Ecology’s effort to develop new recommendations for managing commercial net pen aquaculture in Washington. We appreciate the Department’s interest in hearing from the public about this contentious issue, and we provide comments specific to Ecology’s scoping effort in the following document starting on page 7. However, we believe it is necessary to step back and first address some broader questions about the wisdom of allowing for-profit companies to produce non-native fish in state waters. This preface to our specific comments focuses on the inherent impacts and risks associated with industrial scale aquaculture in public waters, noting that Washington is the only state on the West Coast that has not forbidden Atlantic salmon net pens in its marine waters.

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5 Responses

  1. Al, I am wondering whether something can be put together for the Jeff Co Dems event honoring Phil Johnson on April 22.  The linked article is a long and well-developed piece, perhaps more than most people will be willing to read and absorb.  Is there some simple action that citizens can take on this issue at this time?

    I have had my struggles over how to relate to the JCD these last few months, but last night’s election of Marty Gilmore is a very hopeful development. 

    Since we all thank and respect Phil, whose health is worsening, if there is anything you can provide on this current issue, I would be very grateful to you.

  2. No,no, no. We should never allow propagation of non-native salmon in this state. Native salmon are a unique and terrific revenue producing resource for Washington and we should protect that resource with all our might. Never let your friends or neighbors eat farmed fish!
    M. Friedrich

    • Thanks Marilyn. Perhaps you and your friends would be interested in this upcoming event:
      This is going to be a most important event if you have any interest in being educated in the current state of affairs of industrial aquaculture and it’s effects on Puget Sound. One of the speakers is Amy Carey, the Executive Director of Sound Action, one of the most effective NGOs fighting for proper permitting of near shore projects in Puget Sound.

      Changing the Nature of Puget Sound: the impacts of industrial aquaculture
      Sponsored by The Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC)
      Sunday May 21st
      12:30 pm – Registration/Exhibits at IslandWood Welcome Center
      1:00 pm – Introduction to Conference
      1:10 pm – Overview of Impacts of Industrial Aquaculture
      1:30 pm – Dispelling the Myths of Aquaculture
      2:05 pm – Legal Aspects including Shellfish Initiative
      2:35 pm – Regulatory Gaps in Permitting
      3:00 pm – BREAK to visit exhibits
      3:30 pm – Specific Aquaculture Topics: Atlantic Salmon Feedlots and Pesticide Use in Aquaculture
      4:30 pm – Panel of Puget Sound Homeowners impacted by Industrial Aquaculture
      5:20 pm – Next Steps: getting involved
      5:30 pm – Adjournment

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