Salmon farmer fined for release

The largest U.S. producer of farmed Atlantic salmon has been fined $332,000 for alleged violations of Washington state water quality laws.

The fine was issued Tuesday after hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon were released last year into waters famed for their native salmon.

Cooke Aquaculture has criticized a state report saying the company failed to adequately clean nets holding farmed salmon, leading to a net pen failure that allowed the fish to swim into Puget Sound.