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Old 11-10-2019, 07:49 PM   #1
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A caller on outdoor Gps this morning said there’s a possibility of having a steelhead farm/net pens in Washington.
Can anybody confirm?

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Old 11-10-2019, 07:58 PM   #2
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A caller on outdoor Gps this morning said there’s a possibility of having a steelhead farm/net pens in Washington.
Can anybody confirm?
It’s true. Seen it at work before. It’s on the Columbia River
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:08 PM   #3
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There are several net pen operations on the coleville reservation near nespelem wa. The rainbows are marketed as steelhead at Safeway and in restaurants. 20 years ago a log ripped up the pens and 10’s of thousands of fish escaped. They didn’t understand how to feed them in the early days and a lot of feed ended up getting out of the pens. The escapees sat under the pens and gorged of the free food, The fishing used to be unbelievable for them and we consistently caught fish 15 years ago between 8 and 15 lbs. best smoked fish you will ever taste. They are short and fat. One of the prettiest areas in the world. Word got out on the internet and it was over in just a few years, now it’s a great walleye area.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:26 PM   #4
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Cooke Aquaculture has several net pen fish farms in north Puget Sound. After the sinking of nets that weren't properly maintained and the break up of the farm at Cypress Island resulted in the release of 2 or 3 hundred Atlantic salmon, the WA Legislature passed a law prohibiting the culture of Atlantic salmon in PS after 2022. So Cooke has applied for a permit to switch the Cypress Island farm from Atlantic salmon to triploid rainbow trout or steelhead. The SEPA notice public comment period was extended for an additional time a week or so ago. Opponents of the project are asking or demanding that the permit undergo a full EIS review.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:55 PM   #5
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Cooke Aquaculture has several net pen fish farms in north Puget Sound. After the sinking of nets that weren't properly maintained and the break up of the farm at Cypress Island resulted in the release of 2 or 3 hundred Atlantic salmon, the WA Legislature passed a law prohibiting the culture of Atlantic salmon in PS after 2022. So Cooke has applied for a permit to switch the Cypress Island farm from Atlantic salmon to triploid rainbow trout or steelhead. The SEPA notice public comment period was extended for an additional time a week or so ago. Opponents of the project are asking or demanding that the permit undergo a full EIS review.
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Still a bad idea, does it look like it will go through?
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:29 PM   #6
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I think it will be approved because the laws governing such matters are in favor of fish farming, not against it.
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