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Emails reveal Cooke Aquaculture did not report 100,000 salmon die-off to Maine's DEP

"Company had ample time to clean pens, dump fish in Tremont before state inspection." Emails reveal that 100,000 salmon die-off at a Cooke's net-pen site at Black Island, Maine, was not reported for 2 weeks to the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

"Cooke Aquaculture discovered the massive die-off of salmon at its farm off Black Island as early as Aug. 16, newly obtained emails show, and was able to clean its pens and haul the carcasses to a compost in Tremont before alerting the DEP on Aug. 27, which was a Friday."

Excerpts above from Article by: Lincoln Millstein | The Quietside Journal | September 21, 2021

Dead rotting atlantic salmon from Cooke Aquaculture net-pen site at Black Island, Maine.
Rotting Atlantic Salmon dumped in landfill by Cooke Aquaculture after 100,000 die-off at their Black Island, Maine site. Photo by Protect Maine's Fishing Heritage Foundation.

Location of open net-pen cage site where die-off occurred.

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