Conservation Group Challenging Cooke Aquaculture for Area Leases

July 20, 2020 Radio Pacific

As the 15-year leases held by Cooke Aquaculture to operate net pen facilities in Port Angeles Harbor and elsewhere in the Puget Sound approach their expiration date, a conservation group has formally submitted a proposal to lease those same sites themselves and restore them for public use.

Cooke Aquaculture Applies to Modify Permits For Steelhead Farming in Puget Sound

April 22, 2020 Bainbridge Island Review

Cooke Aquaculture wants to use its fish farming pens off the southern coast of Bainbridge Island to raise rainbow trout, officials with the Washington Department of Ecology said Tuesday, and has submitted applications to the state requesting modifications to its existing water quality permits for its Bainbridge operation and three other net pens in Puget Sound.

Aquaculture Alliance Commends WDFW

The Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (NWAA) calls the approval by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) of the Cooke Aquaculture Pacific and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe application to grow rainbow trout (steelhead) in Cooke’s existing marine net pens in Puget Sound, “a vital step in growing the ‘Blue Economy’ in the region and United States,” since most seafood consumed here is imported.

Cooke Aquaculture To Pay $ 2.75M Over 2017 Net-Pen Collapse

December 2, 2019 K5 News

Fish-farming company Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit following the collapse of one of its net-pens in 2017.

Cooke Aquaculture Seeks Renewal of Salmon Pen Lease

Just weeks after Cooke Aquaculture agreed to pay the state more than $150,000 to settle numerous violations at several of its salmon net pen sites in eastern Maine, the Department of Marine Resources is asking for public comment on the company’s application for a 20-year lease renewal.