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Cooke Aquaculture's New Brunswick salmon escape stirs fresh concern

Cooke reported that the escape was caused by a 'routine farming procedure.'

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Roughly 1,000 farmed salmon escaped from a facility owned by Cooke Aquaculture on Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy on Aug. 20, reported Global News. Around 50 of the fish have been recovered.

In a statement, Cooke reported that the escape was caused by a "routine farming procedure."

The non-profit Atlantic Salmon Federation has stated its concern over a lack of communication regarding incidents of escape, which it believes may lead to disease.

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries has reported that they are aware of the incident. The department is also working toward better transparency for the organizations involved.

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