Our mission is to protect the habitat of Puget Sound tidelands from the underregulated expansion of new and intensive shellfish aquaculture methods. These methods were never anticipated when the Shoreline Management Act was passed. They are transforming the natural tideland ecosystems in Puget Sound and are resulting in a fractured shoreline habitat. In South Puget Sound much of this has been done with few if any meaningful shoreline permits and with limited public input. It is exactly what the Shoreline Management Act was intended to prevent.

Get involved and contact your elected officials to let them you do not support aquaculture's industrial transformation of Puget Sound's tidelands.

Governor Inslee:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cooke Aquaculture's Omega Protein Complains of Chesapeake Bay Forage Fish Catch Limits

Chesapeake Bay's Threat to Menhaden Forage Fish 
Just got Even Bigger
Thanks to Cooke Aquaculture

Cooke's Omega wants more and suggest Virginia just not adapt new catch limits to go "out of compliance" to help it.
Cooke Aquaculture's Omega Protein - the largest harvester of forage fish in Chesapeake Bay - now wants more, claiming they got "a raw deal" when the new catch limits were recently put in place. Cooke is now suggesting Virginia go out of compliance with the regulations set in place to get a "fair hearing". leaving one more odd milestone in this Canadian based company's legacy. (see news report here)

We need Omega 3 in Puget Sound
for our nonnative Atlantic salmon.

Omega 3 Menhaden obtain from filtering plankton/algae in Cheapeake Bay is needed elsewhere, and Cooke wants more.
Cooke Aquaculture uses forage fish, in part, to feed its worldwide farmed salmon operations which include, in part, those in Puget Sound, growing nonnative Atlantic salmon. The forage fish are needed in order to create the Omega 3 fatty acids farmed salmon are advertised as providing. Not advertised is the huge volume of forage fish, the base of the food chain relied on by other species. Equally important, perhaps more so, is this particular forage fish - Menhaden - are also filter the largest volume of plankton from Chesapeake Bay.

A pig farm is cleaner than a fish farm.
These salmon farm operations exist in the public's open waters. Unlike a pig or chicken farm, where waste is contained and recycled, all waste from a salmon farm simply drifts in the marine ecosystem, wherever the tides may carry it. Whether excess food not consumed or the feces discharged by the fish, the amounts are in the tons. At a recent Senate hearing, it was estimated that one net pen discharged the same amount of waste as a city of 60,000. In the case of Puget Sound, an estimated 250,000 "pigs" escaped into the marine ecosystem when Cooke Aquaculture's negligence led to the collapse of one pen.

Is it any wonder people are upset with Cooke Aquaculture? Tell your elected official these nonnative Atlantic salmon need to go.
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