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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

UN Report: Does Forage Species Harvesting Endanger the Poor ... and Whales?

This article in the Nanaimo Daily News questions the impacts of the growth of aquaculture around the world. The basic premise is that we have taken all the big fish and now we are going after their food. Whales aren't mentioned, but reports of wandering Fundy whales and skinny whales (now that's an oxymoron!) beg the question: "Will we continue to consume our world?".

Your views?

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We're stealing from the oceans to feed farmed fish

Walter Cordery, The Daily News

Published: Monday, March 09, 2009

Slowly but surely, we humans are depriving future generations of wild salmon and tuna by taking their food supply to feed to farmed fish.

That's not me saying it, it's from a United Nations report called "Hungry Oceans."

"We've caught all the big fish and now we're going after their food," said Margot Stiles, a lead author of the report.

"We're stealing the ocean's food supply; these are fish that we basically never used to eat."

And here is where I disagree with Stiles. Much of the food farmed salmon eat comes from small fish like sardines from places like Chile where people rely on them. Scientists are finding those fish stocks are being decimated to feed farmed salmon. When fish stocks decline, that poses a potential problem for poorer people around the world... Complete article

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:37 AM

    We need to grow fish that eat plants. See this good article:

    http://www.pbs.org/emptyoceans/fts/shellfish/casestudy.html

    Joyce

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