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Press Releases: Fish Farming

Press Releases Found: 16
February 8, 2013

Allowing Factory Fish Farms in the Gulf Will Replicate the Destructive Practices of Land-Based Industrial Food Production in Our Oceans

Statement: “With their decision to allow factory fish farming in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Fishery Management Council — the group that makes decisions about fish and fishing in the Gulf — have ignored the 2011 National Aquaculture Policy and the voices of tens of thousands of people opposed to exposing our oceans to the mass production of fish in overcrowded cages just offshore.

“Industrial scale production of agriculture has already wreaked havoc on land. Opening our oceans to this form of fish production would cause undue stress in the already vulnerable Gulf of Mexico. Allowing factory fish farming in the Gulf does not take into account the many additional factors, such as the BP oil spill, that have caused harm to Gulf waters.

“The implementation of the Council’s plan would allow inspections of fish farm facilities to be carried out by private companies that they hire, leaving the industry to police itself and contribute toward a culture of secrecy in an industry already lacking in transparency and one that shuns valuable public input. If this plan goes forward, this process may be used around the country to allow ocean fish farming in all U.S. waters.

“When factory farmed fish escape from their production facilities, they can alter wild fish behavior and the surrounding ecosystem and spread disease. Farmed fish also compete with wild fish for their food sources. An increase in factory fish farms can mean less food for marine wildlife. Factory fish farms typically use genetically modified soy to substitute for fishmeal or oil, which can have negative impacts on the marine environment.”

For more information on the potential dangers of factory fish farming, please visit: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/fish/fish-farming/

July 2, 2012

Ocean-Farmed Fish, Brought to You by Monsanto and Cargill

If proponents of soy in aquaculture alliance have it their way, soy will be used to feed fish in open ocean pens in federal waters, a move that would negatively impact the marine environment as well as the diets of both fish and consumers.

Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe’s new report, “Factory-Fed Fish: How the Soy Industry is Expanding Into the Sea,” shows how a collaboration between two of the most environmentally damaging industries on land and sea —the soy and open ocean aquaculture industries, respectively—could be devastating to ocean life and consumer health. And since much of the soy produced in the United States is genetically engineered (GE), consuming farmed fish would likely mean eating fish that are fed GE soy.

June 22, 2012

Food & Water Watch Files Appeal in Factory Fish Farming Case

“On behalf of its Hawaiian members, who include consumers, commercial and recreational fishermen and Native Hawaiians, advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed an appeal today in its case challenging the legality of Kona Blue Water Farms’ Velella aquaculture project in federal waters off of Hawai’i. This means that the federal district court’s decision allowing the permit will be reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Food & Water Watch strongly believes that aquaculture facilities should not be permitted in federal waters, especially when a regional fishery management council does not authorize them. We do not think this is what Congress contemplated when they enacted our nation’s fishing laws.

April 30, 2012

Hawaii Court Allows Factory Fish Farming in Federal Waters

Statement: We are very disappointed by the court’s decision, which seems to say that aquaculture facilities can be permitted in federal waters, even if not authorized by a regional fishery management council. We do not think this is what Congress contemplated when they enacted our nation’s fishing laws, and we are currently considering all of our legal options, including an appeal.

March 5, 2012

Kampachi Farms LLC Announces First Fish Farm Harvest, But Omits Law Suit and Illegal Operating Permit From Their Message

Statement: “Kampachi Farms Founder Neil Simm’s self-congratulatory announcement of the company’s first successful harvest from the first commercial offshore aquaculture facility in federal waters in the United States is an attempt to paper over the company’s problems. The announcement should have mentioned the lawsuit that was filed by Honolulu-based KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance and Food & Water Watch against federal agencies for allowing Kampachi Farms (formerly Kona Blue Water Farms) to operate their aquaculture farm in federal waters with an illegal permit.

January 13, 2012

Food & Water Watch Says Obama’s Plan to Slim Down Government Hurts Oceans; Warns Against Consolidation of Food Safety Regulatory Agencies

Media Statement: “We are deeply concerned about President Obama’s proposal to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Department of the Interior, the same Department that brought us BP’s Deepwater Horizon.

“While the mission of NOAA is not consistent with the mission of the Department of Commerce where it currently resides, moving it to the Department of Interior will fail to eliminate any conflicts arising from dueling mandates.

October 12, 2011

New Report Reveals Troubling Consequences of Factory Farming Fish

Press Release: On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch released a new analysis detailing the troubling implications of expanding factory fish farming off U.S. coasts. Coming on the heels of the federal government’s announcement this summer of its National Aquaculture Policy, the organization’s report, Fishy Farms: The Government’s Push for Factory Farming in Our Oceans, finds that achieving the government’s goals for the industry would come at a tremendous cost to both wild fish populations and the marine environment.

August 3, 2011

Advocacy Groups, Hawaiians Sue Federal Government Over First U.S. Commercial Factory Fish Farming Permit

Press Release: On Monday, national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and Hawaiian environmental group KAHEA filed a lawsuit against the federal agencies that had granted Kona Blue Water Farms the first commercial offshore aquaculture permit issued in the United States on July 6. The plaintiffs allege that the federal government lacked the authority to grant the permit and failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of Kona Blue’s offshore aquaculture operations as required under federal law.

July 13, 2011
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Hawai`i Governor Bows to Destructive Factory Fish Farming Industry Interests; Reverses Decision to Veto Lease Extension

Media Statement: “Today, in a stunning reversal of his recent, publically-stated intent to veto SB1511, Governor Abercrombie signed into law the bill, which will increase lease terms for offshore factory fish farms in Hawai`i’s waters from 35 to 65 years.”

June 28, 2011
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Governor Announces Intent to Veto Lease Extension for Destructive Factory Fish Farming in Hawai`i

Media Statement: “Late yesterday, to the applause of many who have been fighting to keep destructive ocean factory fish farming from overtaking Hawai`i’s pristine waters, the Governor of Hawai`i announced his intent to veto a reckless piece of legislation that would have extended the operations’ lease terms from an astounding 35 to 65 years.”

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