Say No to Open Water Net Pens
In response to Washington’s landmark law banning nonnative Atlantic salmon net pen aquaculture, Cooke Aquaculture, a global seafood conglomerate, has been working behind the scenes on a new plan to avoid the phase out and continue operating in our public waters.
We cannot risk putting Puget Sound and its wild salmon and steelhead and our future into the hands of an industry with a long history of negative environmental, social, and economic impacts - impacts that led California, Oregon, and Alaska to wisely ban this industry.
Once again, it’s time for us to stand up for our Sound. It’s time for us to stand up for our salmon. And it’s time we stand up for our future by stopping the expansion of destructive Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The Native Fish Society is proud to partner as a member of the Our Sound, Our Salmon coalition of conservation organizations, businesses, commercial fishermen, and individuals across the Northwest working together to protect Puget Sound and its salmon from open water net pens. Together, with our 17 Washington based River Stewards and campaign founders Wild Fish Conservancy, we want to send a clear message to the State of Washington to:
- Stop the expansion of all new net pen aquaculture in Washington’s waters
- Deny the renewal of all state aquatic leases for the existing Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington
- Join California, Oregon, and Alaska and ban all Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington