Cooke to switch from salmon to cod in Washington First Nation JV

Cooke to switch from salmon to cod in Washington First Nation JV

The venture will require reinstatement of the farm lease at Port Angeles, in Washington Sate, which was terminated in 2017 after regulators claimed it was marginally misplaced, in exchange for significant investment by the venture in new infrastructure and local jobs in the area. The two partners expect to start up operations by the end of the year. Jim Parsons, general manager of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, and Ron Allen, Tribal Council chair of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, signing the JV “Our council is committed to pursuing our self-reliance goal through diversified economic development and education, and we believe this partnership with Cooke Aquaculture Pacific will contribute to meeting that goal,” says Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe chairman, W Ron Allen.

“We, along with our sister tribes, are strong stewards of our environment. And we firmly believe we can implement net pen aquaculture consistent with our tribal heritage and cultural values. By working together, combining our history and experience fishing on the Olympic Peninsula with Cooke’s experience and expertise in aquaculture, we are confident that we can raise a sustainable supply of trout and sablefish and contribute to our local economy.”

In June Cooke announced plans to switch production of its existing Atlantic salmon […]

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