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Untold Thousands of Farmed Atlantic Salmon Spill into Puget Sound

Officials are asking anyone and everyone to catch as many fish as possible after devastating breach in a net that contained 305,000 salmon.

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The net at the Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island was estimated to contain 3 million pounds of farmed Atlantic salmon when it broke open last Saturday—leading Washington State officials to urge local fishermen of all stripes to catch as many escaped fish as they possibly can. Cooke’s vice president of communications dismissed any environmental concern; Lummi fishers called it a “devastation.” The Peninsula Daily News has this take.