We invite you to attend a public workshop followed by a hearing on the draft modifications to four Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (Cooke) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Puget Sound water quality net pen permits.
To raise fish in net pens, Ecology requires individual NPDES water quality permits for each facility.The permit is the tool that requires best management practices, monitoring, and reporting to make sure water quality standards are met.
As steelhead are native to Washington, they are not part of the 2018 law phasing out non-native species in marine fish farming by 2022. However, if we modify the permits it will not extend the life of the permits, which expire in 2024. The current permits were originally issued to allow for two years of closure activities and monitoring after the facilities aquatic lands leases from the Washington Department of Natural Resources expire in 2022.
Tips for attending the event
If you can, please register in advance using the registration link. This helps make sure you have any needed software updates taken care of early so you may participate on time.
Here are some other things you may find helpful.
- We recommend you use the Google Chrome browser when signing in.
- Plan to join us 15 minutes or so before the event begins at 6 p.m.
- If you register, you will get an automatic email that the event starts at 5 p.m., this time is for staff to get the event set up, please join us at 5:45 p.m.