Fishy Formula: Why the European Strategy Doesn’t Add up to Sustainable Aquaculture
The European open water aquaculture industry is fraught with a variety of major problems including rampant disease outbreaks, pollution, escapes and depletion of wild fish populations used in feed.
The factory fish farming industry is pushing to expand. As wild fish populations decline and consumers continue to look to seafood as a healthy food option, open water aquaculture –raising fish in captivity – offers what the industry hopes will the public will believe is sustainable and healthy means to meet seafood demand. But behind the industry’s claims lies a darker story marked by corporate exploitation, rampant polution, massive fish escapes, disease outbreaks, and dependence on dangerous chemicals.