Just a few years ago, it was taboo to buy farmed fish, but now, experts are saying aquaculture might actually be the only way to ensure sustainable seafood consumption. The key to this apparent paradox is in finding something sustainable to feed all those farmed fish.
The misconceptions around the innate unsustainability of farmed fish began in the 1970s, according to Jacqueline Claudia, Co-Founder of LoveTheWild and member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Board of Directors.
“To be honest, it was pretty ugly by many accounts and spawned the enduring negative perceptions of aquaculture: overcrowding, reliance on wild fish for feed, disease and antibiotic use, poor quality fish, and environmental devastation,” she explains.
Monica Jain, Founder and Executive Director of Fish 2.0, also blames these misconceptions on the proliferation of salmon farms in the 1990s, many of which continued to be unsustainable, despite developments that would have allowed for improved policies and practices.
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