Following is a letter from Mike Hicks, the CRD Regional Director for Juan de Fuca, to the Washington Governor Jay Inslee. -SPN
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
On behalf of my Juan de Fuca constituents, I would like to thank you for your decision to put a hold on the expansion of fish farms in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We share the Strait with our Washington State neighbors as well as the Sockeye, Chinook, Pinks, Chum and Coho salmon which do not respect borders and are enjoyed by both Washington and British Columbia citizens. We have greatly appreciated your hatchery and salmon restoration efforts and are doing our best to enhance our Chinook and Coho runs across the Strait in Sooke, Port Renfrew and Victoria
Currently the Fraser sockeye run is at a historic low and Chinook stocks are weak. In addition to the Fraser River, we strongly feel that fishing pens in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are a direct threat to the salmon runs in our Colquitz, Sooke, Muir, Jordon, Gordon and San Juan River systems bordering the Juan de Fuca Strait. We are concerned not only about the migrating salmon fry making contact with Atlantic salmon and the associated risks, but the potential for another mass release which could result in spawning in our local systems. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is wide open to the winds and if Cooke Aquaculture could not handle a high tide, they certainly cannot handle winter South East storm winds.
Thank you again, and if your permit process allows for input from Canadians, we would be delighted to participate.
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area
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