A tweet by Saint John, New Brunswick-based Joel Richardson, Vice-President Public Relations, Cooke Aquaculture.
Washington is moving to ban fish farms in state waters, but the North American Free Trade Agreement could stand in its way.
The Canadian Press reports, "The Washington state senate and house of representatives have recently passed bills that would phase out net-pen farms when their leases come up for renewal over the next seven years. Each bill passed with about a two-thirds majority. Now the senate and the house are considering each other's proposed laws. The bills are expected to pass into law when approved by both the house and the senate. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's deputy communications director Tara Lee said in an email that he supports the phase out of net pens for non-native fish."