Final Programmatic EIS: Fish Culture in Floating Net-Pens

Category: Commercial Fishing / Shellfishing

Published: January 1990

Pages: 203

This non-project, or programmatic Final EIS (FEIS) evaluates the environmental impacts of the commercial culture of fish in floating fish farms under two regulatory alternatives. The objective of this FEIS is to provide information to regulators, the public, and the Legislature for assessing the adequacy of existing regulations that affect the fish farming industry in Washington, as well as presenting a Preferred Alternative that identifies actions that State and local governments can undertake to avoid significant adverse environmental impacts.

The location of the proposal encompasses all Washington State marine waters from the west end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, north to the Canadian border and south to Olympia. This area includes Hood Canal and all marine bays, harbors, inlets, and passages in Puget Sound.