This article was first published in The Bellingham Herald on August 14, 2001. Anne Mosness worked with IATP on the issue of industrial fish farming.
Farmed salmon, like farmed shrimp, are offered to the public as bountiful gifts of nature. Yet, under the waterline and out of sight, concentrated fish feces and pollution, disease and parasite transmissions, usage of chemicals and pesticides make industrial fish farms biological time-bombs. The explosive growth of the fish farm industry has outpaced regulatory oversight.