DEP fines Cooke Aquaculture, funds set to aid Atlantic salmon restocking in the Machias River

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined salmon company Cooke Aquaculture $156,213 for 11 violations of its state permit. Cooke is the only sea-based salmon aquaculture firm in Maine, with pen farms in Washington and Hancock counties, as well as a hatchery on Gardner Lake in East Machias and a fish processing facility in Machiasport.

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