Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Washington Water Quality Standards for Salmon Farms Deemed Unlawful


US District Judge John C. Coughenour ruled recently that the EPA and NOAA ignored their own guidelines when they decided not require a formal environmental review of Washington State's environmental standards for salmon farms. The lawsuit was filed by the Wild Fish Conservancy and should mean that there will be more strict environmental regulations imposed on aquaculture to ensure they don't impact ESA listed salmon, steelhead and orcas in the Puget Sound. There are currently eight salmon farms in the Sound, all of which are operated by American Gold Seafoods. Salmon farming has largely flown under the radar in Washington State, however salmon farming poses one of the greatest threats to the future of wild salmon in our region and fighting the expansion of the industry in Washington is essential. Open net pen salmon farming is fundamentally incompatible with healthy wild populations of anadromous fish and should be banned entirely in the US before the industry gets a foothold.

See a Seattle Times article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011740298_waterstandards30.html?syndication=rss

Submit comments to NOAA and tell them that open net pen salmon farms have no place in US waters:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/aquaculture/policy1/#comment

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