Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Environmental groups challenge approval of Cooke's trout farming permit

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Friday, February 14, 2020, 06:50 (GMT + 9)

Conservation and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a January decision by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) permitting Cooke Aquaculture to rear domesticated steelhead in Puget Sound net pens.

The groups claim that state agencies failed to evaluate the scientific evidence that these fish feedlots would harm federally-listed steelhead, salmon, and Southern Resident killer whales, degrade water quality, and damage the overall health of Puget Sound.

A new permit issued by WDFW in January would allow Cooke Aquaculture’s open-water net pens to continue operating in Puget Sound by transitioning from raising non-native Atlantic salmon to a highly-domesticated, partially-sterile form of steelhead. Conservationists warn that these farmed fish would be capable of interbreeding and exchanging pathogens and parasites with endangered wild Puget Sound steelhead.

Left: An image of an operational Atlantic salmon net pen. Right: Cooke Aquaculture's Cypress Island net pen facility after the weekend of August 19th.(Photo: oursound-oursalmon.org)

Following a catastrophic net pen failure and escape of at least 250,000 Atlantic salmon at Cooke’s Cypress Island facility in 2017, Washington state passed a law in 2018 banning Atlantic salmon net pen aquaculture by 2022. With this permit, Cooke will be able to exploit a loophole in the legislative phase-out by raising steelhead rather than Atlantic salmon.

The lawsuit was filed by Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC), Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth. It charges that the decision to permit this change in species poses significant environmental risks and that it depends on mitigation measures that will not prevent the well-documented environmental harm this proposal poses to Puget Sound.

“It’s outrageous that once again the State is leaving the oversight of this industry to the public,” says Kurt Beardslee, executive director of Wild Fish Conservancy. “After the Cypress net pen collapsed, our research discovered that nearly every fish that escaped was infected with a pathogenic exotic salmon virus that had been undetected by WDFW and unreported by Cooke. Our litigation has won settlements many times larger than the penalties levied by the State, and the State has left it to us and the pens’ neighbors to detect serious problems. Given this history, it is beyond comprehension that WDFW would grant this permit without first completing a comprehensive assessment of its effects on our salmon, our sound, and our killer whales.”

While the State fined Cooke USD 332,000 for the 2017 collapse, WFC’s lawsuit over those same violations and others uncovered only by WFC brought a USD 2.75 million settlement. Until WFC presented the State with video of Cooke disposing of wild bycatch, WDFW accepted Cooke’s word that they never caught anything but the fish they were rearing.

“We need to be doing everything we can to save our wild salmon and orcas,” said Sophia Ressler, Washington wildlife advocate and staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity and co-counsel on the case. “Fish feedlots simply don’t belong in wild salmon waters. These net pens undermine the crucial work that has gone into restoring native fish runs.”

“Washington state needs to stop giving away our public waters and wild species to private interests—factory fish farms do not belong in Puget Sound,” said Amy van Saun, senior attorney with Center for Food Safety’s Pacific Northwest office, and co-counsel in the case. “Washington officials are accountable not just to industry, but to the people of Washington, who want wild coasts and invaluable species protected from companies that do not respect our special places.”

Washington is the only state on the Pacific coast that permits these facilities. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced plans to transition all open-water industrial aquaculture in British Columbia to land-based facilities by 2025.

The conservation and environmental groups bringing this challenge are represented by Kampmeier & Knutsen, PLLC and by attorneys at the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity.

[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Iceland
Feb 21, 19:50 (GMT + 9):
Other media | FishFarmer: Icelandic storm losses estimated at £2.5m
United States
Feb 21, 19:10 (GMT + 9):
Other media | SeafoodSource: Phillips to debut new refrigerated seafood line at Seafood Expo North America
United Kingdom
Feb 21, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Other media | The Fish Site: Adisseo and Calysta establish FeedKind JV
Russian Federation
Feb 21, 12:50 (GMT + 9):
Import-export statistics (Jan-Nov 2018-2019): salmon, trout, crab, shirmp, pollock and more
Japan
Feb 21, 10:50 (GMT + 9):
Volume and prices of traded products at the Sapporo Central Market (Jan/2020)
Norway
Feb 21, 10:20 (GMT + 9):
Cod farming venture raises EUR 10.5m to build up biomass
France
Feb 21, 09:40 (GMT + 9):
Skretting, Veramaris algal oil-fed trout now available for French consumers
Malta
Feb 21, 08:10 (GMT + 9):
Court orders two tuna farmers to set fish free
Mexico
Feb 21, 07:50 (GMT + 9):
Mexico concludes bluefin tuna season complying with its catch limit
Norway
Feb 21, 01:30 (GMT + 9):
Minimum prices of raw material for meal and oil purposes from 24.02.2020
China
Feb 21, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Import and export statistics os frozen squid (2018-19)
Japan
Feb 21, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Frozen squid inventory to DEC/2019
Japan
Feb 21, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Landing and auction price for squid 'common squid' (Todarodes pacificus) | Feb 17
France
Feb 20, 21:00 (GMT + 9):
Other meadia | IPac: Supermarché Match already markets the trout fed by Skretting
United Kingdom
Feb 20, 20:40 (GMT + 9):
Other media | FishFarmer: Majority of salmon farms environmentally ‘excellent’



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
China coronavirus outbreak represents a heavy blow for the Arctic seafood industry
Canada As dozens of Chinese cities remain quarantined and commerce has slowed, it’s unclear what the global repercussions on trade will be. While China battles a rapidly spreading new coronavirus, n...
Negotiations begin for renewal of EU-Mauritania agreement
Mauritania The fourth round of negotiations to renew the fisheries agreement that the EU has with the Republic of Mauritania, has started in Nouakchott. This is the most important agreement for the Spanish fleet...
Scientists surprised by 110kg giant squid and bioluminescent sharks finding
New Zealand A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fi...
Scientists confirm delayed shrimp reproductive process
Argentina The report of the November shrimp assessment cruise carried out by the INIDEP indicates that the biomass declined compared to historical values. The distribution by size is similar to that of 2018 but...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim Ltd (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2020 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER