Mussels and other sea life growing on the nets in Cooke Aquaculture Atlantic salmon pens near Cypress Island, Washington, may have been responsible for the collapse of the structure last August, according to a Seattle Times report.
The collapse, which released more than 150,000 non-native fish into Puget Sound, has set off a firestorm of criticism toward the Canadian aquaculture firm, resulting in a lawsuit against the company and a bill… Read More
Keyport, a Seattle-based seafood production company, will be moving its corporate headquarters to Edmonds, Washington, in the beginning of February.
Keyport, founded in 1997, is one of the country’s largest distributers of snow, king, and Dungeness crab. It also produces and sell ready-to-eat food such as seafood ravioli, seafood chowders, and seafood macaroni and cheese.
The larger location will allow for flexibility and growth, as it… Read More
The trawling season for Pacific cod in the Bering Sea begins 20 January, although the season will likely draw to a close earlier than mid- to late-March, when the season traditionally ends.
Analysts expect the season to close for a number of reasons. Quotas have decreased in the Bering Sea by about 15 percent to about 414 million pounds of fish. However, it’s the quota decrease in the Gulf of Alaska that is expected to cause more… Read More
Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has ruled that Cooke Aquaculture must shut down its Atlantic salmon net pen farm off the Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, citing lease violations including a defective anchoring system and styrofoam discharge into Puget Sound.
In response, the Canada-based aquaculture firm, which has eight farms in Washington, has filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that it was not in default and… Read More
Fish 2.0 matches 14 innovative seafood companies with industry connections
Fish 2.0, a Carmel, California–based social enterprise that connects investors and entrepreneurs to grow the global sustainable seafood sector, has announced the 14 winners of second round prizes for the final awards of the 2017 Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum.
The prizes in this round were industry connection prizes, which match fledgling seafood business with an… Read More
More than three months after more than 150,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s pens near Cypress Island, Washington, the non-native fish have been found more than 42 miles up the Skagit River, an important tributary for native salmon, the Seattle Times reported.
On a recent fishing expedition on the river, a crew of Skagit Indian fisherman caught more Atlantic salmon than any other species.
Scott Schuyler, the… Read More
A Cooke Aquaculture fish farm in Port Angeles, Washington has had its license revoked after a series of violations, the Seattle Times reported.
The farm, which has been in existence since 1984, was causing a hazard to private and public lands, with decomposing Styrofoam breaking off from the farm’s floats. Additionally, the pens in such a condition that it was distinctly possible that another non-native fish escape would occur, similar to… Read More
As personnel from Cooke Aquaculture were busy responding to the collapse of a net pen near Cypress Island, Washington in September, another one of its salmon farming sites in the state was vandalized and robbed.
An unknown number of Atlantic salmon were taken from two of the 10 net pens at Cooke Aquaculture’s floating farm near Anacortes on 2 September, KUOW reported on 28 November. The site was also vandalized, resulting in damage to the… Read More
Washington State State Senator Kevin Ranker will introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that will allow leases for net-pen Atlantic salmon farming in the state to run out by 2025.
If the bill passes, it will not permit the creation of new Atlantic salmon farms, and existing farming would be governed under stricter guidelines.
The move by the Democratic lawmaker comes after more than 100,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from… Read More
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released initial season-end figures for the state’s 2017 salmon harvest, which indicate that the fishery had another extremely successful year.
Around 224.6 million wild salmon were caught, worth an estimated USD 678.8 million (EUR 582.4 million) – up 66.7 percent from USD 407.3 million (EUR 349.5 million) in value compared to 2016.
Sockeye salmon accounted for almost half of… Read More