Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Net Pens Proposed for Strait of Juan de Fuca

Recently, a proposal by Pacific Seafood has come forward which hopes to win approval for two new salmon netpens holding up to 1.7 million farmed near the mouths of the Twin and Lyre Rivers in Washington's Strait of Juan de Fuca. The proposal is in its early stages and is far from a sure thing, however bringing more net pen aquaculture to Washington's coastal waters could deal a crippling blow to already depressed populations of wild salmon. Throughout BC where open net pen salmon farms are prolific, scientists have documented their often severe impacts on local populations of wild salmon. The proposal comes at an interesting time as Clallam county is in the process of preparing its new Shoreline Management Plan and must be stopped or the floodgates of salmon farm development may open into Washington's water ways. More information in the Olympic Peninsula Environmental News:


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