DNR: 119,500 farmed Atlantic salmon recovered

As the race to catch the escaped Atlantic salmon continues, some fisherman are wary of catching the fish.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources said Monday that 119,500 Atlantic salmon have been recovered following the collapse of a commercial net pen in Puget Sound.

The Lummi Nation on Monday said its fishermen have brought in about 200,000 pounds (90,720 kilograms) of the non-native species since the tribe declared a state of emergency Thursday.

Cooke Aquaculture's marine salmon farm in the San Juan Islands failed over a week ago, releasing thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon into waters. The facility held about 305,000 fish.

Tribal and state officials have urged people catch as many as possible.

State officials over the weekend formed a response team involving multiple agencies. The governor also put on hold any new permits for net pens until the incident is investigated.

The tribe and others are worried the invasive fish will out-compete native fish.

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