Fish Farm: Friend or Foe?

                Craig Leisher, a writer for the New York Times wrote an article about fish farming entitled Mile Stone Looms for Farm Raised Fish. In the article he details how this year the amount of fish we receive from fish farms will exceed the amount we receive from actual fishing.  Craig goes on to detail that while aquaculture is efficient, it can cause problems for surrounding areas such as oxygen depletion and eutrophication. Personally I am torn on the subject of aquaculture. I can see many possible benefits of aquaculture. Aquaculture can help the growing problem of providing food to an ever growing human population and can help cut down on overfishing by eliminating the need to over fish in general. However, due to the close proximity and large numbers of fish in a fish farm many problems arise. The wastes of the fish which include and are not limited to fish feces and the dead bodies of other fish are for the most part left to float around the farm, causing potential for contamination. Additionally a wide variety of drugs are needed to treat the fish of diseases that come from being in such close proximity to so many fish. (Advocacy For Animals) Personally I don’t know if I want to be eating fish that are grown in such an artificial and unhealthy way, even if it is practical. 

Leisher, Craig. “Milestone Looms for Farm-Raised Fish.” Green Milestone Looms for FarmRaised Fish Comments. N.p., 24 Jan. 2013. Web. 27 Sept. 2013. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/a-milestone-looms-for-farm-raised-fish/?ref=factoryfarming

N.A. “Advocacy For Animals.” Advocacy For Animals The Pros and Cons of Fish Farming Comments. N.p.,  4 Aug. 2008. Web. 27 Sept. 2013. http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2008/08/the-pros-and-cons-of-fish-farming.

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One Response to Fish Farm: Friend or Foe?

  1. scbo1838 says:

    I enjoyed this article. It was very informative and interesting, I specifically liked the part where you noted that the amount of fish in fish farms this year was outweighing the amount of fish actually being fished. I also agree with your position in this issue in that there are some advantages to fish farms but there are also distinct harmful ecological effects when not done properly. My only criticism is that you should come to a conclusion on one side or the other.

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