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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Huge fish farm planned in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

So an Oregon company, Pacific Seafood, wants to start a fish farm right in the home grounds of the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

After all the drama in British Columbia about two juvenile salmon found with an ifluenza-like virus I’m not sure what kind of support this would get in the Pacific Northwest.

Here is the link to Seattle Times staff reporter Craig Welch’s story about it.

Pacific Seafood wants to grow 10 million pounds a year of steelhead and Atlantic salmon in cages in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That would nearly double the farmed fish grown in saltwater in Washington.

The proposal comes as long-simmering battles over the future of marine aquaculture heat up across the continent — and as the discovery of a potentially lethal fish virus rattles salmon farmers and wild-fish advocates alike.

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