Argument: Fish farming is harmful to wild fish
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- "Study Sees Wild Salmon at Risk From Fish Farms". VOANews. January 21st, 2008 - "A study from Canada says fish farms are a threat to some populations of wild salmon. It says the danger is from sea lice, which are small organisms that feed on fish.
- The researchers say these parasites commonly infect salmon raised in farms, but also attack young wild pink salmon that swim nearby. Their research suggests that if these outbreaks continue, then local populations of wild pink salmon will all but disappear."
- "Fish Farms Drive Wild Salmon Populations Toward Extinction". ScienceDaily. Dec. 16, 2007 - "ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2007) — Parasitic sea lice infestations caused by salmon farms are driving nearby populations of wild salmon toward extinction. The results show that the affected pink salmon populations have been rapidly declining for four years. The scientists expect a 99% collapse in another four years, or two salmon generations, if the infestations continue.
- "Fish Farms Also Harbor Deadly Lice" New York Times. October 3, 2006 - "Sea lice that thrive in salmon farms near the Pacific Coast can kill up to 95 percent of the juvenile salmon that pass near them, researchers in Canada say.
- The researchers, from the University of Alberta and elsewhere, studied the number of juvenile fish that become infested with the parasitic lice as they swim past commercial fish pens on their way from inland rivers to the ocean. In laboratory work, they tested the parasites’ effects on fish mortality. Then they used mathematical models to estimate the overall impact of fish farming on wild stocks.
- Depending on when the young salmon pass by the fish pens, up to 95 percent receive lethal parasite exposure, they said. They report their findings today in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."