Vandals release 100K farmed salmon

MOSSYROCK, WASH. – Vandals illegally released an estimated 100,000 Chinook salmon from a netted rearing pen on Mayfield Lake in Washington state.

Lewis County investigators said several nylon straps holding up the net had been cut sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The state raises salmon in 20 netted pens on Mayfield Lake. The others were not damaged.

The state planned on transporting all of the fish in trucks later this week down the Cowlitz River. Using trucks prevents the salmon from traversing through the more dangerous and stressful Mayfield Dam, said Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Operations Manager Sam Gibbons.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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