Please Go Fishing, WA State Says After Farmed Atlantic Salmon Escape Broken Net

August 22, 2017

WDFW is urging anglers to catch as many farmed Atlantic salmon as possible, in the wake of the escape of four to five thousand fish this Monday.

Excerpt: “Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and officials are asking people to catch as many as possible. Tribal fishers, concerned about native salmon populations, call the accident ‘a devastation.’

The department is urging recreational fishers to get as many of the Atlantic salmon as possible. A valid fishing license is needed, but the fish don’t need to be recorded on fish tickets and there are no bag limits. Buyers may also legally buy the Atlantics from commercial and tribal fishers, Warren said.”

Read the whole story in The Seattle Times.