Action Alert: End factory farmed fish. No open water net pens!

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has issued a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance for Cooke Aquaculture’s proposal (SEPA No. 19056) to farm biologically-engineered steelhead (aka Triploid Rainbow Trout) in the net pens Cooke Aquaculture used to farm Atlantic salmon.

Open water net pens are “Confined Animal Feeding Operations” that generate disease and pollution. There could also be another net pen collapse like the 2017 collapse that released over 300,000 diseased Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea (pictured above).

Please join us in voicing concerns about this project. The public comment period closes at 5:00 pm on November 1, 2019. Here are the ways you can comment:

Email: [email protected]

Online portal:

Fax: (360) 902-2946

Mail: Lisa Wood, SEPA/NEPA Coordinator, WDFW Habitat Program, Protection Division, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200

Click here to read the Friends of the San Juans comment letter.

We are asking WDFW to require a full environmental assessment and environmental impact statement under the State Environmental Policy Act to thoroughly address the risks of diseases, pollution, net pen collapses and further escapes, and the potential harm to the federally-listed as endangered Puget Sound steelhead.

Thank you for your voice and support!

San Juan County is at the center of existing and proposed fossil fuel export projects. We have much to lose and nothing to gain. Our community needs to stay informed, get involved, and be part of the public process of understanding the approaching changes which will affect us all.

San Olson

member, Lopez Island