Salmon: Wild or Farmed? The World Food Organization (WFO) continues with warnings of ever decreasing global fish stocks but is confident that fish farming (aquaculture) will offset the losses. This will require a 40% increase over present production and maintaining it in relation to increasing human populations. The most common fish that are farmed: Carp, Tilapia and Atlantic Salmon.
According to the WWF, salmon aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, accounting for 70% (2.5 million metric tones) of the market. Typically meddlesome, the WWF contends on, ‚??leading the way to ensure that the key environmental impacts associated with open-pen salmon farming are significantly and measurably reduced‚?Ě. Not to be outdone, the Canadian Federal Government proposes getting rid of them altogether in British Columbia, contending that BC salmon farms pose a threat to migrating stocks of Fraser River sockeye and regional pink salmon. During their migrations, these species travel near enough to the penned fish, and possibly become infected with parasitic copepods, Lepeopherius salmonis that exist on some the penned fish. Infections are considered a threat to survival.