A man standing on the prow of a fishing vessel surveys the remains of an industrial salmon farm's net pens

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The accident is done. The net-pen abortion at Cooke Aquaculture’s Atlantic-salmon farm, 70 afar arctic of Seattle, resulted in added than 260,000 non-native, calm Atlantic apricot artifice into Puget Sound. Cypress Island, Washington.
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Industrial net-pen apricot farms are blame endangered agrarian salmon—and the abbreviating southern citizen analgesic whales that depend on them—closer to extinction. We’re alive with Agrarian Angle Attention to bang bartering net pens out of Puget Complete for good—and you can help. (See address articulation below.) The plan? Charter the net-pen locations out from beneath Cooke Aquaculture, which owns the apricot farms in Puget Sound, adios them and restore the habitat.

Here's Why

What is a net-pen apricot farm?

Net-pen apricot farms are abyssal feedlots area ample numbers of calm aliment angle are aloft for profit. The angle are concentrated in nets abeyant from structures anchored to the seafloor, area they are fed bartering aliment pellets to animate accelerated growth. Compared to land-based feedlots, net pens can accomplish at almost low amount because the owners await on accessible amnion to actuate of decay and added pollutants.

Parasites and Disease

Like any feedlot system, the massive absorption of livestock—in this case, salmon—creates ideal ancestry area for parasites, bacilli and added pathogens. Sea lice infestations not alone appulse the bound salmon, but advance to brief agrarian apricot with adverse effects. Back bacilli and ache outbreaks action in the net pens, they breed quickly, generally advertisement agrarian angle in the surrounding waters.


In accession to the bags of begrimed decay that net pens accomplish every year, operators charge to apply ample quantities of pesticides, antibiotics and added pharmaceuticals to accumulate their angle alive. These chemicals canyon advisedly through the net pens into surrounding waters, impacting agrarian apricot and added abyssal life. At some facilities, bags of gallons of processing waste—mostly blood, generally accustomed parasites and viruses—are piped anon into bounded amnion for disposal.

Invasive Species

Net-pen apricot farms accept a continued history of adverse failure, consistent in all-embracing escape of non-native salmon. Best recently, Cooke Aquaculture’s Cypress Island ability in arctic Puget Complete imploded in 2017, acceptance added than 260,000 non-native Atlantic apricot to escape. These invasive breed advance for hundreds of miles, and were after begin to be accustomed a awful catching angle virus.

Endangered Species

As accompaniment and federal agencies absorb tens of millions of accessible dollars every year to assure endangered agrarian apricot and southern citizen analgesic whales, net pen apricot farms, which accept been apparent to added endanger these aforementioned species, abide operations to accomplish profits for abreast held, bunch corporations.

Food For Thought

Net-pen farmed apricot are fed pellets fabricated by agriculture ample quantities of beat fish, which deprives agrarian apricot of analytical aliment sources. The aliment pellets generally accommodate chemicals and pharmaceuticals to accumulate angle animate in awash feedlot conditions, and dyes, after which the beef of pen-raised apricot is an unappealing grayish white color.

A large industrial pipe dumps water and salmon into a large body of water
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