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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 5:07 am 
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"After consideration of all the data and advisor’s input, the Department will be issuing emergency regulations to close both the commercial and recreational fisheries in Willapa Bay. Commercial salmon fisheries scheduled to begin on Monday, November 11th will be closed until further notice. Because we were delayed in getting these rules through the authorization process today, the emergency regulation closing recreational fisheries in Willapa Bay will be forthcoming early next week. "
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 6:26 pm 
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Tuesday November 12, 2019 17:12 PST

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE 

Salmon fishing to close in Willapa Bay and its tributaries


Action: Closes salmon fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 13, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Locations:

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay)
Bear River
Forks Creek
Naselle River
Nemah River Middle, North, and South
North River
Smith Creek
Willapa River
Willapa River South Fork

Reason for action: Coho returns to tributaries in the Willapa Bay watershed have been significantly lower than preseason predictions. These conservation measures are being taken to ensure escapement goals are met. Managers will continue to assess coho returns and re-open if warranted.

Additional information: For more information on other Willapa Bay fisheries, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano office, 360-249-4628.

-WDFW-

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PostSun Dec 01, 2019 1:54 pm 
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Sunday December 1, 2019 12:26 PST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cooke Aquaculture to pay $2.75 million, ending WFC lawsuit over net pen collapse


For more information, contact
Josh Rosenau 425-788-1167 | josh@wildfishconservancy.org
Kurt Beardslee 425/788-1167 | kurt@wildfishconservancy.org

Nov 27, 2019

Duvall, WA — Days before having to defend themselves in court, Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by Wild Fish Conservancy as a result of the collapse of Cooke’s Cypress Island net pen. Under the terms of the agreement, Cooke will be required to pay $2.75 million. These funds will go to the Rose Foundation to fund environmental projects to protect wild salmon and killer whales in Puget Sound, as well as WFC’s litigation expenses. Cooke also agreed to change their practices and address additional dangers identified in the course of the lawsuit.

“This is truly a victory for the future of our sound,” said Kurt Beardslee, executive director of Wild Fish Conservancy. “Open water net pen aquaculture is a risky business, and thanks to this settlement we are one step closer to getting this dirty industry out of Puget Sound once and for all. This was long in coming. Last year, the public demanded an end to Atlantic salmon net pens. Just last week, thousands of people spoke out against switching these farms to different species. Now a federal judge ruled that Cooke broke the law. It’s time for this industry to leave Puget Sound.”

Wild Fish Conservancy issued pre-suit notice of violations in August 2017, days after the Cypress Island pen collapsed and spilled over 300,000 Atlantic salmon infected with an exotic virus into Puget Sound. In the aftermath of the catastrophe, Washington State moved to end Atlantic salmon aquaculture, and the State’s Department of Ecology issued a $332,000 fine. Cooke Aquaculture is currently petitioning the State for permission to restock surviving pens with biologically-altered rainbow/steelhead trout; a comment period on this proposal closed on Friday, November 22, with thousands of citizens and organizations commenting in opposition.

A trial in the US District Court in Seattle was scheduled to begin on December 2. Days before, Judge John Coughenour issued several summary judgments supporting WFC’s claims. Among the court’s findings: Cooke failed to conduct required inspections of net pen moorings and anchors and Cooke failed to accurately monitor and report the number of fish escaping from its pens. The Court had previously found that Cooke failed to develop operational plans that include necessary procedures for inspecting cages, storing chemicals, disposing of harvest blood, and tracking the number of fish in its cages and lost to predation. The Court rejected several of Cooke’s arguments to avoid liability for the catastrophic failure of one of its net pens. In doing so, the Court advanced the state of the Clean Water Act, making the law more valuable for environmental organizations seeking to hold other polluters accountable. Judge Coughenour also rejected Cooke’s efforts to end the suit arguing the Cypress Island pen was already closed, noting that Cooke “continues its operations in Puget Sound. Thus, civil penalties still serve to deter future Clean Water Act violations.”

“We’re thankful for the Judge’s ruling and hope the severity of these penalties will be a deterrent to anyone seeking to expand or establish open water net pen aquaculture in Puget Sound and beyond,” says Beardslee.

Cooke’s operations continue to put wild salmon and the health of Puget Sound at risk. Just weeks ago, one of the Bainbridge Island net pens began sinking due to a hole in a flotation pontoon; luckily, the damaged portion was not stocked with Atlantic salmon at the time but may have resulted in an escape were the pens occupied. Marine engineer Tobias Dewhurst, an independent expert testifying on behalf of Wild Fish Conservancy, reviewed conditions at each farm site and determined “conditions at each of its eight sites exceeded the maximum rated conditions specified by the net pen manufacturer,” and that as a result “pens and cages operated by Cooke were at risk of failure.” Even given subsequent changes, Dewhurst concluded, “certain remaining sites appear to be operating in conditions that exceed those specified by the net pen system manufacturers,” and therefore “may be at risk of partial or catastrophic failure.”

Wild Fish Conservancy was represented by Kampmeier & Knutsen PLLC and Earthrise Law Center. Cooke Aquaculture will pay accrued litigation costs and make a series of annual payments to the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment to support the recovery of wild salmon, steelhead, and killer whales.

-WFC-

Consent decree

Summary Judgement 04/26/19

Summary Judgement 11/25/19

Report of Dr. Tobias Dewhurst 06/25/19


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PostTue Dec 10, 2019 6:56 am 
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I do not have time to find the reporting, I think I read it on Penninsula daily news but WFC kept over half the settlement or 1.6 million for themselves. Big brained rats pretending to care.
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PostThu Feb 13, 2020 1:47 pm 
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Wild Fish Conservancy Files Suit Against WDFW Over Decision to Permit Dangerous New Net Pen Proposal

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The root of this evil:

How 'dark fishing' sails below the radar to plunder the oceans

^ this is the industry that is supported by the purchase of farm-raised fish.

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Cooke Aquaculture back at it again with yet more applications for more net pens in the Sound:

Comment period ends June 8 2020

Washington State DOE notice of application:

https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Water-quality/Water-quality-permits/Water-Quality-individual-permits/Net-pens

Washington State DOE notice of application:

https://ecology.wa.gov/Events/WQ/Atlantic-Salmon-Net-Pen/Water-quality-permit-applications-to-raise-steelhe

Washington State DOE public comment form:

http://wq.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=BJeUR

Washington State DOE comment record:

http://rd.ecology.commentinput.com/comment/extra?id=BJeUR

"Our  Sound Our Salmon" news letter:

https://www.oursound-oursalmon.org/submit-comments-now

052320 43898

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