Thousands of Atlantic salmon have escaped from a farm into the Pacific Ocean – and it’s all down to that pesky ‘solar eclipse’.
The salmon farm owners said the net failure is down to ‘exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse’.
Almost 35,000 fish were being contained in the pen in Washington State before it was damaged and it’s estimated 4,000 fish have ended up in the waters around the San Juan Islands, according to the Guardian.
Fishermen in the region are out and about hoping to catch the native Chinook salmon and said the escapee Atlantic salmon had already been turning up in their nets.
Ellie Kinley, whose family are fishermen, told Associated Press:
It’s a devastation. We don’t want those fish preying on our baby salmon. And we don’t want them getting up in the rivers.
Washington state’s fish and wildlife department said it was working closely with the company to address the incident and are encouraging anglers to catch as many of the fish as possible.
Michael Rust of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told the Seattle Times:
These things are kind of couch potatoes.
They are domesticated. Imagine a dairy cow getting lost out in the Serengeti.
It doesn’t last very long.