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State ends Hope Island fish pen operations

Hope Island fish pens on way out

A local controversy that has lingered for more than three decades will soon be an historical footnote.

The net pen salmon farm off Hope Island and Lone Tree Point is going away.

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and state Department of Natural Resources staff informed Cooke Aquaculture last week that the state will not renew an expired lease for the Skagit Bay facility, nor one for a similar net pen operation near Bainbridge Island.

Cooke Aquaculture must finish operations and begin removing its facilities and repairing any environmental damage by Dec. 14.

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