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600 jobs at risk in Washington's aquaculture

Staff Writer | March 6, 2018
Washington State's plans to phase out industrial ocean fish farms in state waters are putting 600 jobs as risk, according to Cooke Aquaculture.
Washington aquaculture
Seafood   "We are deeply disappointed"
Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s vice president of public Relations, Joel Richardson, said: "We are deeply disappointed in the action taken by the Legislature today and the potential impact it could have on Washington’s 30-year salmon-farming industry and the more than 600 rural workers and their families that rely upon salmon farming for their livelihoods.

“Our employees remain our top priority, and we wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to the many lawmakers who have consistently advocated on their behalf during this process.

"As an immediate next step, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific will take the time we need to fully evaluate our operations and investments in Washington and explore all our available options, ensuring that any decision we ultimately make places our employees and their families first."

Read the whole letter here.