Cooke Aqua to pay Maine $150,000 for multiple violations

from responisible aquaculture 

Among several violations identified by state regulators, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the company exceeded fish density limits in its net pens, didn’t provide complete annual stocking notices on time, and didn’t properly sample for sulfides in facilities it operates off the coast of Maine.

To resolve the violations, Cooke will pay more than $156,000 to fund a new, state-led program that company officials say will raise about 900 native Atlantic salmon in ocean net pens, then deliver them to the Machias River when they reach adulthood.

** FILE ** In this Oct. 12, 2008 file photo, farm-raised Atlantic salmon are brought aboard a harvesting boat near Eastport, Maine. A state-of-the-art salmon processing plant was recently re-opened by Cooke Aquaculture in Machiasport, Maine. The plant will provide 80 full-time manufacturing jobs in a region of the state plagued by chronic unemployment. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

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