Here’s an interesting analysis of salmon farming and how it has created some unintended consequences for aquaculture in salt and freshwater:
Salmon are a “keystone species” in both the North Pacific and North Atlantic meaning that they play a unique role in the ecosystem. Connecting salt and freshwater, they bring the nutrients of the oceans far inland and are an irreplaceable source of food for animals like orcas and grizzly bears.
“They are a natural barometer for the health of the planet,” writes journalist Mark Kurlansky in his upcoming book Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate(published by Patagonia). That’s why the survival of wild salmon is such an important environmental challenge: it’s our relationship with nature that is at stake.
In Artifishal, ecologist and writer Carl Safina recounts the Greek myth of Icarus, the overambitious man who died because he flew too close to the sun with wings made of wax and feathers. “Humans believe they can do anything and everything all the time and this can-do attitude has gotten us very far […] but there are limits and we don’t understand anything about those limits,” comments Safina. In other words, aquaculture risks of becoming today’s myth of Icarus.
Read “How Salmon Became The Symbol Of Our Broken Food System” in Forbes.
Check out the Artifishal trailer below: