Puget Sound fish farmers say banning Atlantic salmon operations would be unfair
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UNITED STATESThursday, January 11, 2018A bill to gradually terminate the Atlantic salmon-farming industry in Washing

 

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

A bill to gradually terminate the Atlantic salmon-farming industry in Washington was opposed by Cooke Aquaculture, saying it's a hit to rural economies. The industry supports 80 jobs.

In rubber boots and work clothes, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific employees from Atlantic salmon fish farms around Puget Sound packed a hearing in Olympia Tuesday on a bill that would shut down their industry.

Cooke so far has invested $70?million in its Washington operations, which it purchased last summer from Icicle Seafoods. And it wants to invest more in its farms, Joel Richardson, vice president for public relations, told the committee. Cooke employs about 80 people in Washington, at four farm locations as well as at a Seattle processing plant and on harvest boats.


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