Washington net-pen ban adds pressure on Maine, aquaculture opponents argue

A Cooke Aquaculture operation in Maine.

Opponents of the American Aquafarms’ bid to build an enclosed net-pen salmon aquaculture project off the coast of Gouldsboro,  Maine, U.S.A. –  which failed to secure essential leases in April 2022 – say the recent ban of aquaculture net-pens in Washington state could increase pressure for new farms in Maine.

The opponents, named Frenchman Bay United after the bay that American Aquafarms was planning to use for its project, said news of the ban has them worried aquaculture operations will shift focus to Maine instead …

Photo courtesy of Cooke Aquaculture

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