Escaped Farm Salmon Threaten Wild Norwegian Stocks

Many around the world are beginning to doubt whether the controls in place for fish farming — and especially the farming of salmon — are sufficient to protect wild fish. In Norway, for example, 39 of 75 fish farms inspected by fisheries regulators recently did not meet current standards, and the result may be catastrophic for the anadromous wild populations that come into contact with the hundreds of thousands of escapees. “The fish that escape the farms, located in fjords and rivers along Norway’s west coast, infect young wild salmon before they head off to the open sea, threatening their immune systems which are not yet fully developed.” From a story by Agence-France Press on

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