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24 August 2017 / The Seattle Times / Lynda V. Mapes

Spill of farmed Atlantic salmon near San Juan Islands much bigger than first estimates

Cypress Island, Washington, United States

A fish farm was destroyed after the Atlantic salmon escape, with Cooke Aquaculture calling it a “salvage operation.” Scientists debunked the statement from Cooke that “exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse” caused the damage.

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Location of Cooke's fish farms in Washington
Riley Starks of Lummi Island Wild displays three farm-raised Atlantic salmon that were caught alongside four healthy king salmon. The Atlantics are the bottom ones. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)