Posted by Samuel Phineas Upham
Have you ever wondered when and why we started raising fish in farms? The article “Aquaculture’s Troubled Harvest,” by Bruce Barcott is all about the Aquaculture industry; how it started, why it’s booming, and why so many fisherman and environmentalists want it to stop.
According to the article, while Aquaculture seems to have many benefits, it ends up making a mess of the environment. Barcott follows the story of one area that has been negatively affected by fish farming: the Broughton Archipelago, Canadian islands and home of “one of the richest pockets of biodiversity on the North American coast.” Due to fish farming in the area, the killer whales have been driven out, shrimp fishermen started to pull out traps full of “farm muck,” and wild salmon began to contract a fatal disease they caught from the farmed fish. And the problems don’t end there.
However, despite its problems, the writer suggests that, “aquaculture is not going away.” “We’re eating more fish even as the oceans and rivers run dry.”
Read the entire article: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2001/11/aquacultures-troubled-harvest