After the Cooke Aquaculture Atlantic Salmon spill, the company reportedly offered the Lummi Nation extra money for the fish they caught if the tribe agreed to keep silent about a ban on net pen Atlantic salmon farms in Washington.
The escaped farmed Atlantic salmon in Washington are making their way up to Canada and the First Nations are worried and alarmed. Wild salmon are returning home right now and intermixing could spell bad news for the ecosystem.
Via CBC News
The Lummi Nation, located in Washington state, is encouraging fishermen to capture escaped farmed salmon to prevent the fish from breeding with native populations. So far, they've captured approximately 20,000 fish. An estimated 305,000 Atlantic salmon escaped an aquaculture operation near Port Angeles, Washington.
Cooke Aquaculture's salmon farming operation near Port Angeles, Washington, released over 300,000 farmed salmon into Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon. The group tried to blame the accidental release on tides from the eclipse, which didn't occur until Monday.
Several thousand or more Atlantic salmon at Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near the San Juan Islands have escaped following a net breakage during the week of the eclipse. This threatens the local salmon population.