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Cooke Aquaculture Looks to Expand Sea Farming in Liverpool Bay

Does the provincial government continue to promote this dirty industry?

Cooke Aquaculture looks to expand sea farming in Liverpool Bay

Article by Kathy Johnson     Chronicle Herald      Oct 27 2018

LIVERPOOL, Queens County — Cooke Aquaculture Inc. is looking to expand its sea farming operations in Liverpool Bay, according to the company, as part of its long-term commitment to reinvesting in Atlantic Canada.

The company through its subsidiary Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. has been given an option to lease, issued by Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, for Liverpool Bay.

During the option period (Sept. 7, 2018 to March 7, 2019) the company will be “exploring the option location to determine potential fit to establish an aquaculture site. This investigation may lead to future applications for specific sites,” states the notice.

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Cooke collapse: Washington bans salmon farms   

Article by Jessica Hathaway     National Fisherman    March 5, 2018

A year ago, Cooke Aquaculture was a mainstay business in Washington state waters. The company had made a significant investment in nine local salmon farming sites when it purchased Icicle Seafood’s assets in 2016. As of Friday, March 2, the company’s open-ocean Atlantic salmon net pens are banned in state waters, to be phased out by 2025.

The impetus for the ban is the catastrophic failure of a pen near Cypress Island, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 20. The pen contained 305,000 Atlantic salmon that were just about ready for market at 10 pounds each, making for more than 3 million pounds of invasive fish teeming at the edges of wild salmon territory.

In February, both houses of the state Legislature passed bills banning the practice of salmon pen farming, and Gov. Jay Inslee openly supported the legislation. On Friday, the Washington house and senate negotiated the discrepancies in those bills to finalize a ban they could pass to the governor’s desk. The bipartisan Senate vote was 31-16.

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