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22 August 2017 / CBC News / Lisa Johnson

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape fish farm near Victoria after nets damaged

Cypress Island, Washington, United States

Thousands of Atlantic salmon have escaped into Pacific waters east of Victoria after a net pen was damaged. The company is blaming high tides, but the tides weren't unusual.

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Commercial fisher Ellie Kinley posted these pictures of Atlantic salmon she said were caught after Cooke Aquaculture's net pen broke, releasing thousands of the invasive species into Pacific waters. There is no way to confirm if the fish pictured here are the fish that escaped. (Ellie Kinley)