Factory Fish Farming
Many fish-lovers would be horrified to learn that huge quantities of fish and shrimp are now being grown in giant nets, cages, and ponds where antibiotics, hormones and pesticides mingle with disease and waste. These industrialized aquaculture facilities are rapidly replacing natural methods of fishing that have been used to catch fresh, wild seafood for millennia.
From all-you-can-eat popcorn shrimp at chain restaurants, to bite-sized maki rolls at trendy sushi bars, to salmon steaks on the backyard barbecue – Americans eat 25 percent more seafood than they did 20 years ago, an average of 16 pounds a year.
Just as multinational corporations have forever changed the way food is grown on land to the detriment of public health, the environment, local communities and food quality itself, they are poised to do the same at sea. The identical factory-farm model is being adopted for aquaculture: growing food as cheaply as possible using toxic chemicals and other harmful techniques, packaging it in enormous bulk, and shipping it to distant grocery stores and restaurants all around the world.
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Representative Don Young (AK) introduced a bill in early 2011 that would stop federal agencies from permitting factory fish farms in our oceans until Congress gives them the legal authority to do so. This would stop agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from opening up the Gulf of Mexico to factory fish farming this year.
Can you ask your representatives to support this bill and stop ocean factory fish farms from threatening our oceans?
Just like factory farms on land, factory fish farms create waste — only this waste goes directly into the ocean.
Learn more: read the fact sheet.
- Read The Great Escape, an issue brief on escapes and disease events in fish farming.
- Fishy Farms explores the environmental, economic and technological problems of open ocean aquaculture.
- Check out a dozen reasons to stop ocean fish farming.
- Learn about a better alternative: recirculating aquaculture.