The Washington state departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife and Ecology, along with the Office of the Governor and state Emergency Management Division, signed on to a Memorandum of Agreement, standing up an Incident Command structure to respond to the escape of an unknown number of Atlantic salmon from net pens on Cypress Island this past weekend.
The Incident Command structure creates a unified command of the resources and leadership of the three agencies, in collaboration with local tribes and the company responsible for the collapse of the net pens, Cooke Aquaculture.
The goal of the Incident Command structure is to manage the multi-agency response as efficiently as possible and to work with tribes and the company to achieve containment of the Atlantic salmon as soon as possible.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz say that the state will not issue any new leases or permits for marine Atlantic salmon net pens until a full review of this incident has been completed.
A joint information website about the incident can be found online here.