Days before having to defend themselves in court, Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by Wild Fish Conservancy as a result of the collapse of Cooke’s Cypress Island net pen. Under the terms of the agreement, Cooke will be required to pay $2.75 million. These funds will go to the Rose Foundation to fund environmental projects to protect wild salmon and killer whales in Puget Sound, as well as WFC’s litigation expenses. Cooke also agreed to change their practices and address additional dangers identified in the course of the lawsuit.

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