10/17/2013 07:01 EDT | Updated 12/17/2013 05:12 EST

Newfoundland fishermen get special licence to round up escaped farmed salmon

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - More than 2,000 farmed salmon that escaped from a pen off the south coast of Newfoundland have been rounded up by local fishermen.

The province says the fishermen were given special licences after 20,000 salmon escaped last month from a local fish farm.

The fishermen used nets to catch the fish.

The owner of the farm, Cooke Aquaculture, says the fish escaped after a strong current pulled down a floating salmon pen.

The federal Fisheries Department says many of the farmed fish have already been eaten by seals and other large fish.