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‘Environmental Nightmare’ After Thousands Of Atlantic Salmon Escape Fish Farm

  A cascade of ecosystem effects believed to be caused by high tides… Commercial fishing boats are scrambling to catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can after a net pen broke near Washington’s Cypress Island. Fishers reported thousands of the non-native fish jumping in the water or washing ashore. A fish farm’s net pen […]

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Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

  On the potential of aquaculture… For years, scientists and activists have sounded the alarm that humans’ appetite for seafood is outpacing what fishermen can sustainably catch. But new research suggests there is space on the open ocean for farming essentially all the seafood humans can eat. A team of scientists led by Rebecca Gentry, […]

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The Ethics of Farmed Fish

  It is difficult to know which is moving faster: the debate around the ethics of farmed fish, or the growth in how much of it we are eating. By 2030, aquaculture is predicted to account for 60% of fish destined for our plates and it’s already more than half. Its rapid growth has led some to […]

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The Sushinomics Ethical Conundrum

“Tuna stocks are in serious decline, with too many boats chasing too few fish, along with widespread illegal fishing,” according to the Pew environment group. But can it ever be OK to eat? To help navigate these waters, arm yourself with lists and guides, including Greenpeace’s Red List. Some trail-blazing businesses have majored in the traceability of […]

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Feeding Fish Without Feeding the Fish Fish

This past weekend, I tasted shrimp grown with feed made from genetically-engineered bacteria. The bacteria, which are way more interesting than the shrimp, are the brainchildren of Larry Feinberg, CEO and co-founder of Knipbio, a Boston-area startup. They’re interesting because they help address one of the gnarliest problems of a growing human population: feeding them fish. […]

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A Fishy Situation: Whole Foods Tilapia Comes From A Prison Farm

But as long as the prison-raised tilapia meet Whole Foods’ aquaculture quality requirements, is there something actually wrong with it? Emphatically, yes. While the market places high standards on their seafood, labor welfare is not much of a priority. In the case of the Cañon City prison-labor system, the workers (who also breed goats, train unruly dogs, and break wild horses) make a whopping $1.50 […]

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Investments in Green Fish Farming

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world’s seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute. The business opportunity here is […]

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Should We Produce More Seafood For a Sustainable Future?

There’s a lot of arable land left for farming, but almost all of that land has something wrong with it. In some places the soils are poor; in others, the rain never falls (or never stops). Some of the land is rainforest or designated as a wildlife sanctuary. Much of the remaining “available” land is, in […]

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For Local Fisheries, a Line of Hope

Five years ago this month in this unspoiled fishing port immortalized by three generations of Wyeths, Mr. Libby and about a dozen cohorts banded together to try to rescue their depleted fish stock and their profession. The result (“after trial and error with a lot of error” in Mr. Libby’s words) was Port Clyde Fresh […]

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