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Inspection Finds Flaws in Cooke Net Pens

 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Inspection finds maintenance flaws at Cooke salmon net pens
Updated 2:52 pm, Monday, October 9, 201

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) State officials say an inspection has found maintenance issues at Cooke Aquaculture's farmed salmon operation off Bainbridge Island.

The state Department of Natural Resources on Monday issued a default notice and gave the company 60 days to fix the problems.

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said in a statement that they need to make sure Cooke's salmon farms are structurally sound given the Aug. 19 collapse at its Cypress Island facility. Tens of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon were released into Puget Sound.

A contractor hired by DNR found issues at Cooke's farms in Rich Passage, including a hole in netting and severe corrosion on floating piers. DNR says companies that lease state aquatic lands must maintain property in good order.

Another state agency approved a permit last week for Cooke to stock its net pens with 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon.

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