Cooke wins more time to clear out its Washington steelhead farms

A Cooke Aquaculture net-pen farm in the U.S. state of Washington.

Cooke Aquaculture has won an extension to give it more time to harvest fish and remove equipment from its finfish farms in the U.S. state of Washington, which canceled all of the company’s remaining leases in November 2022 and banned net-pen aquaculture in December 2022.

On Friday, 6 January, a Washington Superior Court judge granted a motion filed 20 December, 2022, by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific against the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz that extends its deadline to clear out its net-pens.

Cooke Aquaculture filed its lawsuit on on 14 December appealing the lease denial, and on 16 December, its business partner in Washington, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, filed suit against DNR alleging the state’s ban on net-pen aquaculture violated the tribe’s sovereign rights ... 

Photo courtesy of Cooke Aquaculture

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