See all articles

Another Cooke salmon farm has structural damage

State gives company 60 days to fix the problems.

Another Cooke Aquaculture salmon pen in Washington state waters has structural flaws the government said must be repaired within 60 days.

The company's salmon pen in Rich Passage in Puget Sound, south of the its Cypress Island farm, which broke apart in August releasing 150,000 Atlantic salmon and touching off a backlash against the company.

The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which leases the waters the company uses to farm the salmon, informed Cooke on Monday it has 60 days to repair the problems or face a lease termination, according to an article in the Kitsap Sun.

Inspectors found a square-foot hole in one of the nets and "severe" corrosion on railings, supports and walkways at the site.

Cooke said inspections show the facility is safe for restocking.

"The Department of Natural Resource’s own engineer inspected the Clam Bay facility and concluded that it was safe and suitable for restocking," said Cooke's Nell Halse.

"At the same time, DNR identified several areas that warrant repair. Although these areas do not present structural or safety risks, Cooke Aquaculture agrees with DNR that the areas need repair, and continues to work on those repairs," she said


Sign up to our FREE weekly Salmon Newsletter here.


For more seafood news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our daily newsletter.