Yet another incident at Cooke Net Pens on Bainbridge Island – Radio Clallam

With Cooke slated to work with the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe to bring steelhead to their pens to replace Atlantic salmon, now we see this. Isn’t it clear that there is no safe way to do this? Do we really need to go through the fight again to stop more net pens when they can’t even properly manage the ones they have? The tribe ought to think carefully about teaming up with a company like this. The tribe has a sterling reputation and it would be sad to see them get tarnished with the brush of this company.

Cooke Aquaculture, the controversial Canadian company that owns several net pen facilities in Washington state, including here in Port Angeles Harbor, is today making repairs to a net pen that appears to have started sinking last week at its Orchard Rocks facility at the south end of Bainbridge Island

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  1. Based on what they do rather than what they say, I suggest that the “The tribe has a sterling reputation” is a sham. Given that the tribe is pushing for the net pen operation and is aggressively going ahead for its oyster farming project on 50 acres of the spit, I would say their positive environmental persona is just an exercise of public relations. The tribe is in it for the money and could care less about the long-term environmental damage they cause if they can get a short term financial gain.

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