By Rochelle Baker Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Open net-pen fish farming on the Pacific coast took a one-two punch after operations closures were announced in both B.C. and Washington state this week. The shishalh Nation said Wednesday that aquaculture giant Grieg Seafood is removing salmon farms from the nation’s waters along B.C.’s Sunshine Coast by February 2023. Meanwhile, on Monday, Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said it’s not renewing Atlantic Canada’s Cooke Seafood’s last two open-net pen leases in Puget Sound and farm operations will end by Dec. 14. Wild salmon conservationists are celebrating both decisions, saying it’s writing on the wall for open net-pen fish farms as well as a win for Indigenous rights and First Nations food security. Both decisions significantly benefit wild salmon
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