Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
I have forwarded the link to the NOSC director. I should add here that they would be precluded, by law, from getting involved in any legal or political statements about this.This is a trainwreck on a number of different levels. BC has a number of advocates that have gone into detail on the damage they do to the marine environment. Alexandra Morton is one of the leading voices. Cut and paste this link into your browser.
Do a bit of reading and you'll get the idea of why they pose a significant risk to our native salmonids.
What really pisses me off is that we finally got the dams out of the Elwha and the wild fish are beginning to repopulate the river.
Putting a salmon farm in Port Angeles where it will affect those populations that are just beginning to recover is one of the most counterproductive things we could do.
Bob - do you know if the North Olympic Salmon Coalition is aware of this proposal? I hope we can get all the Wild and Native fish advocacy groups to combine their voices against this.
And there are numerous examples of those Farms having farmed fish escaping into the wild fish environs, disease outbreaks, etc.Here is a link to the propaganda from Icicle SeaFoods: http://wsg.washington.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/outreach/nwwws/E1/E1-Cook.pdf. There have been net pen operations in Washington for decades. If you know where to look, you can see the operation on the east side of Cypress Island when you take the San Juan ferries out of Anacortes.