Washington has eight commercial marine fish farms growing Atlantic salmon
in net pens. In 2015, we started leading a state effort to identify and apply best practices based on today's science and knowledge.
This project is currently on hold while we work with the Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources to respond, review, and investigate the Cypress Island net pen collapse and release of Atlantic salmon
to Puget Sound. This incident provided a real-time example of how the commercial net-pen industry, state and federal agencies, and tribal governments are able to respond to a large-scale fish escape.