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Protecting the state's marine waters from the release of nonnative finfish from marine finfish aquaculture sites (Ranker, Rolfes, Van De Wege)

Prohibits the department of natural resources from entering into a new lease, renew or extend an existing lease, or other use authorization where the use includes marine finfish aquaculture of Atlantic salmon or other nonnative finfish. Prohibits the department of fish and wildlife and the department of ecology from authorizing or issuing a permit for a new activity that involves the marine finfish aquaculture of Atlantic salmon or other nonnative finfish. Requires the department of ecology, the department of natural resources, and the department of fish and wildlife to continue the existing effort to update guidance and informational resources to industry and governments for planning and permitting commercial marine net pen aquaculture.

SUMMARY OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL BILL
(1) Prohibits the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from entering into a new, or renewing or extending an existing, lease or use authorization that involves marine finfish aquaculture of Atlantic salmon or other nonnative finfish. (2) Prohibits the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Ecology (ECY), under its water pollution control authority, from authorizing or permitting activities or operations involving marine finfish aquaculture of Atlantic salmon or other nonnative finfish after the expiration date for the existing aquatic lands lease. (3) Includes conforming amendments to several specific regulatory statutes administered by DFW and ECY. (4) Directs ECY, DNR, and DFW to update existing guidance and resources on planning for and permitting commercial marine net pen aquaculture, and provides for a study of the ecological impacts of the 2017 Atlantic salmon escapement.

SUMMARY OF 2ND SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means) COMPARED TO 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks)
(1) Removes the study and reporting requirement from various agencies to understand the ecological impacts to Puget Sound native salmon, water quality, and sediments resulting from Atlantic salmon escapement. (2) Limits the effect of the bill to only Atlantic salmon by removing references to other nonnative finfish.

Hearing Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6086&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)