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PostWed Oct 02, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 14:57 PDT

WDFW NEWS RELEASE

WDFW seeks SEPA public comment on Cooke Aquaculture farming of rainbow trout/steelhead


OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) began a 21-day public comment period regarding Cooke Aquaculture’s proposal to farm sterile (triploid) rainbow trout/steelhead in Puget Sound.

The Department posted a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) mitigated determination of non-significance that analyzes the environmental impacts of Cooke’s proposal to transition from farming Atlantic salmon to farming steelhead in several of the company’s existing facilities. These facilities include four net pens located near Rich Passage and Skagit Bay, but in the future may cover three more Puget Sound net pens currently owned by Cooke.

“Given the escape of Atlantic salmon in 2017, we know that there is a heightened sense of concern around the impacts of fish aquaculture in Puget Sound,” said WDFW Fish Program Director Kelly Cunningham. “We want to hear from the public about Cooke Aquaculture’s proposal and our proposed permit requirements.”

In addition to agreeing to farm only sterile fish, Cooke will also need to prescreen any fish destined for net pens in Washington waters to ensure that they are free of disease.

Cooke submitted a five-year Marine Aquaculture Permit application to WDFW in January 2019, and a SEPA Environmental Checklist with supporting documents in July 2019.

WDFW continues to work with its natural resource agency partners to provide oversight and ensure compliance with the terms of aquaculture permits and leases in Puget Sound. Cooke’s proposal would also be subject to additional regulatory review by WDFW’s sister state agencies before the proposed transition could take place.

The public is asked to submit comments by Oct. 22, 2019. The determination, including ways to comment, and supporting documents can be found at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/environmental/sepa/open-comments.

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Monday October 14, 2019 15:51 PDT

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE 

Yakima River fall salmon fishery to close


Action: Closes the Yakima River to fishing for salmon.

Effective date: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0) approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam.

Reason for action: Fall Chinook are returning in extremely low numbers to the Yakima River. This closure is necessary to meet conservation and hatchery broodstock collection needs for fall Chinook and coho in the Yakima River Basin.

Additional information: Saturday, Oct. 19 will be the last day to fish for salmon in the Yakima River this fall. This year's return of fall Chinook to the Yakima River is expected to be the lowest return on record over the past 28 years.

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This turned out be another big nothing.
Some fish got out. That's it.
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