Farmed Atlantic salmon escape into Washington state waters. Here's why fishermen are worried

Los Angeles Times 

Washington state officials are asking anglers to come catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can pull from the waters around the San Juan Islands. But the reason behind the sudden open season is worrying. A fish-farm spill occurred Saturday off Cypress Island when anchor lines on a commercial net pen with more than 300,000 salmon gave way, allowing thousands of the 10-pound, farm-raised Atlantics to escape and, officials fear, mix with the wild Pacific salmon. Farm officials said the pen damage was the result of "exceptionally high tides and currents" that occurred in the days leading up to and during Monday's solar eclipse. Others doubted the moon's effect on the tides was the cause, noting there have been higher tides without pens being washed out.

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