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The Canadian company that operates the farm originally claimed that “several thousand” non-native Atlantics escaped into the Salish Sea, the ecosystem that runs from the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia to the southernmost waters of Puget Sound in Washington state, home of the wild Pacific salmon.
Documents filed with state regulators show that a fish farm that broke apart Aug. 19 in the San Juan Islands released more than 160,000 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into Washington state waters — far more than the original estimate — and that the holding pen for the fish was “due for complete replacement.”
The company also initially said that unusually strong currents, triggered by the moon during the solar eclipse, had caused the pen to break open.
The company, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, later backed off the linking of the failure to the eclipse. But records filed by the company with the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicate that the 30-year-old floating farm’s failure was probably the combination of a strong underwater current winning out over a weakened anchoring system that kept the pen in place.
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
a reply to: seasonal
The article doesn't explain why they were raising atlantic salmon in a pacific farm. Why not raise pacific salmon in the pacific ecosystem where if there was any escape it would be of native species?
They say fishermen were recapturing some of the lost fish and that numbers were being tracked but they don't report the numbers.
Atlantic salmon are not native to the Pacific Northwest. For years, they have been bred to become easier to farm — they're more "highly domesticated,"according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Most commercial fish farms raise Atlantic salmon.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: TheLotLizard
I think the concern is the farm fish making the native species weaker and sick.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
No worries, these fish won't know where to spawn and this will be the only generation.
Besides, these fish will make good food for larger native fish.
Could be a win-win for the environment.