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Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Recommendations Comments

From the Wild Fish Conservancy. Support their efforts!

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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