Salmon Aquaculture, photo/Maine Dept. of Marine Resources.

Salmon Aquaculture, photo/Maine Dept. of Marine Resources.

Providence Journal: A new report should allay concerns about the environmental and ecological risks associated with coastal ocean aquaculture, especially the raising of finfish, such as salmon, in pens in near-shore waters.

Critics have argued that the concentration of wastes and unconsumed feed in such situations degrades ocean habitats and is a vector for disease and other harms that risk decimating viable wild fisheries. They also point to the danger of escaped farm-raised fish, often bred to be larger than their wild cousins, upsetting natural balances, overeating food sources and disrupting ancient genetic strains by interbreeding with wild stocks.

Read more about the NOAA report on aquaculture.


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