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Cooke Aquaculture’s Port Angeles net pens (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

WA - Court upholds termination of Cooke Aquaculture net-pen lease in Port Angeles

Termination of the lease for a fish-farming operation in the harbor at Port Angeles has been upheld in Thurston County Superior Court.

Cooke Aquaculture Pacific said it would appeal the ruling.

Kurt Grinnell, a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council and CEO of Jamestown Seafood, said he’s hopeful something can be worked out to keep afloat a partnership with Cooke to farm black cod and steelhead at the site. The tribe has no interest in using any of Cooke’s farms in other locations, Grinnell said, so the Port Angeles lease is a make or break for the joint venture.

“We want to get our fish in the water,” he said. “Given the condition of our natural stocks that we no longer fish for, going forward this is something we feel our tribe is going to have to look for in order to have some consistent fish not only to eat, but to sell.”

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