This article originally appeared on Bainbridge Island Review on Sunday, November 3, 2019
The upcoming free screening of the documentary “Artifishal” at the Lynwood Theatre turned out to be strangely prescient, though the film itself has been in the works for nearly two decades.
Recently, the partial sinking of an empty Cooke Aquaculture salmon pen in the waters just off Fort Ward Park put many conservationists and concerned neighbors in mind the notorious 2017 incident, where 250,000 invasive salmon were released into the Salish Sea.
This time, everything worked out fine. But Cooke has agreed to pay a $332,000 fine for the previous negligent release, and had the lease at their Cypress Island facility terminated, leading some to say this latest recent alarm was anything but false.