Dungeness Wildlife Refuge -Opposition to the leasing of the refuge to aquaculture

This is the latest update from Janet Marx who is one of the people leading the opposition to this ill conceived idea. Since I first published this yesterday, I’ve already received mail wondering why this is a problem at all and why the Tribe shouldn’t just have their way with creating a commercial aquaculture farm […]

Cooke Aquaculture Secures Permit to Stock Risky Washington Fish Farm

From the Wild Fish Conservancy. Reproduced in it’s entirety. Cooke Aquaculture Secures Permit to Stock Risky Washington Fish FarmFor Immediate Release, August 6, 2021 SEATTLE— Despite ongoing litigation and timing questions regarding the lease for the facility, the WashingtonDepartment of Fish and Wildlife has granted fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture a permit to stock its […]

Court of Appeals Backs Environmentalists: Federal Greenlight of Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture Unlawful

This is the most significant court ruling in decades and likely changes everything about shellfish aquaculture in the Salish Sea. It’s importance cannot be overstated. This blog has covered the trial over the last two years. We have been astonished at the brazen lack of science applied and found during discovery of the Army Corp. […]

Jamestown S’Klallam propose a commercial aquaculture operation at Point Hudson

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is proposing a commercial aquaculture operation at Point Hudson. The Tribe is asking the port to allow them to put in a FLUPSY, a device to create an upwelling of water to help young oyster spat. The meeting with the Port Commissioners to discuss this proposal is online on WEDS. SEPT […]

Comments sought on Cooke Aquaculture permit – Skagit Valley Herald

Yes, this is still an issue. Join in and put your input into Ecology if you care. The state Department of Ecology is accepting comments on a draft permit that would allow Cooke Aquaculture to raise steelhead trout in four net pens in Puget Sound, including one near Hope Island in Skagit County. An online […]

Army Corps of Engineers ends aquaculture activities under court order

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a ruling to stop much of the commercial aquaculture farming in Puget Sound. This draconian move is the outcome of decades of the local Army Corps of Engineers ignoring their own nationwide rules. This didn’t need to happen if they followed those rules. Instead, it took a court […]

Court of Appeals Retains Protection for Washington’s Iconic Coastlines and Wildlife from Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture 

Court Denies Stay of Decision Setting Aside Unlawful Permit for Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Seattle, WA — Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied shellfish growers’ motion to stay the recent district court decision nullifying the defective Nationwide Permit 48 (NWP 48) covering tens of thousands of acres of shellfish aquaculture activities in Washington. On June 11, 2020, […]

Cooke Aquaculture applies to modify water quality permits for steelhead farming in Puget Sound – DOE

Whatever could go wrong….At least it’s not non-native fish. Cooke Aquaculture applies to modify water quality permits for steelhead farming in Puget Sound Ecology is accepting comments on applications Cooke Aquaculture has submitted applications to the Washington Department of Ecology requesting to modify its existing water quality permits for four Puget Sound net pens. The […]

A sham of environmental protection in Clallam County, aquaculture inside the refuge.

Clallam County brought in an outside hearing examiner to help negate opposition so the county could grant a major aquaculture operation inside a national wildlife refuge. The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has been granted a green light by the  supposedly impartial examiner, to put up to 80,000 bags of oysters inside this refuge that provides the […]

Cooke Aquaculture pays 2.75 Million dollar fine for net pen collapse

The company responsible for the net pen collapse that released large numbers of Atlantic Salmon into Puget Sound has settled out of court in advance of a Monday court date. Cooke Aquaculture has reached a settlement to pay $2.75 million in legal fees and to fund Puget Sound restoration projects, putting an end to a […]

Federal judge rules Army Corps aquaculture permit is unlawful in Washington State.

In a surprise ruling with wide ranging consequences, a federal judge has ruled that the Army Corp of Engineers issuance of Nationwide Permits in the lower 48 (NWP48) authorizing commercial shellfish aquaculture is illegal. The suit, brought by The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat, a group that has been fighting large-scale shellfish aquaculture for […]

Their back! Cooke Aquaculture that is.

Proposal made to raise steelhead at area fish farms The company whose collapsed fish farm off Cypress Island in August 2017 allowed hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon to be released into the region’s waters may use its remaining net pens to raise steelhead trout.  That company, Cooke Aquaculture, has applied for permits to begin […]

Jamestown S’Klallam proceeding with Dungeness Spit Aquaculture Permit

Clallam County Department of Community Development has published that the Jamestown S’Klallam have applied to restart their permit application for an aquaculture permit inside the Dungeness Spit Wildlife Refuge. This highly controversial application has drawn criticism from the Refuge manager, in a detailed response to the previous application. (See below) Critics of the application have […]

Event: Shellfish Aquaculture Educational Forum – Port Townsend

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee will be holding an educational forum on shellfish aquaculture on June 28th. Don’t expect any mention of the controversy over geoduck aquaculture in Jefferson County, unless of course, you come prepared to bring it up. They have decided that it’s too controversial to add to the agenda. However, they […]

Salmon Evolution chairman: Don’t discount land-based flow-through aquaculture – Seafoodsource.com

As this blog has advocated for many years, there is  no real good reason not to move aquaculture upland. Now, the CEO of a Norwegian salmon farming business, says it. “The industry must expand, and to do that, land-based is the future. It will not be easier to find places to farm. On top of […]

Zangle Cove Lawsuit Issues Bombshell Findings Against Aquaculture

The case moving through the courts at the present time to challenge the lack of Hydraulic Code Permits for the destruction of shorelines by aquaculture got a surprise boost yesterday. Findings that contradict the testimony of the Army Corp of Engineers and Taylor Shellfish show that in 2017 the Army Corps had to create a […]

EVENT: Industrial Aquaculture Discussion – Sat Oct 13th 3 to 5 PM

Aquaculture MEDIA RELEASE – 2 October 2018 MEDIA RELEASE – 2 October 2018 CONTACT:         Darlene Schanfald, Vice-Chair Sierra Club North Olympic Group 360-681-7565    darlenes@olympus.net INDUSTRIAL AQUACULTURE   FOOD or FOLLY?   LOSING THE WILD? Saturday    13 October 2018     3–5 PM Historic Dungeness Schoolhouse  2781 Towne Rd, Just off E. Anderson Road The Sierra Club’s North Olympic […]

Commerce Department proposes tripling the U.S. Aquaculture industry

This could have major impacts on the amount of Puget Sound shorelines converted into vast geoduck farms. Also the use of floating pens of seaweed etc. could be included in this. While we love to see aquaculture where appropriate, the scale of geoduck farms springing up all over the South Sound in particular has drawn […]

Clallam County withdraws Finding of Non Significance for Dungeness Spit aquaculture project

As some of you may know, there has been a proposal to put a oyster farm with approx. 150,000 bags of oysters in an approx. 34 acre section of the nearshore inside Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is closed to virtually all human activity other than walking on the Spit. It is illegal to […]

Damning emails surface showing state concerns over aquaculture methods

Laura Hendricks has been working against geoduck farming aquaculture for over a decade. She has often been portrayed quite negatively by the shellfish industry, as they routinely attempt to label her as a ‘radical environmentalist’.  This reporter has heard her called that by representatives of the shellfish industry public relations team. Her tactics have often […]