Active | July 15 2017
There has been significant interest in Atlantic Salmon net pen farming in Washington waters recent. After digging into the project description, supporting documents and hearing from chapter members with their concerns about the project proposal, the Olympic Peninsula Chapter took the administrative step to go on record with some questions and concerns. The chapter addressed concerns about the potential impact to the unique wave resources found at Green Point and wave height attenuation of other locations in the Strait further East, inadequate wave analysis and modeling, the potential for marine debris and catastrophic failure, impacts to human and aquatic ecosystem health, and the lack of comprehensive planning regarding this proposal.
You can read the full comment letter: OPC_AquacultureLetter_Final
Since August—when over 160,000 non-native salmon escaped into Puget Sound— there has been an outcry of public concern over the threat Atlantic salmon net pens pose to our already struggling wild fish populations and the complex ecosystems they rely on and support.Atlantic salmon net pens cause ecological harm everywhere they exist. Research shows these facilities:
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