On a beautiful summer day you plan on having a backyard cookout with friends from the neighborhood. You head to the grocery store to pick up salmon to grill later. As you approach the seafood market, you reach for a nice, pink salmon filet. What you do not know is this salmon was farmed and contains dyes to achieve that pink color. In the wild, the environment in which salmon live and the food they eat, is what makes their meat pink. The meat of farmed salmon is actually grey and subsequently dyed to achieve the color consumers expect.

 

With over 17 percent of the world’s protein intake coming from fish, it is safe to say the world has an insatiable appetite for it, and in some places it is a staple part of one’s diet. As the world’s population increases, so does its demand for fish. Farmed fish help to supply that demand, but they also pose problems for the environment. The dying of salmon meat is only one problem, and mostly effects the health of those who consume it. Other problems posed by fish farming include ocean pollution and breeding grounds for disease. Since our intake of fish is only likely to increase, however, fish farming may be necessary to protect our ocean wildlife.

 

Farming fish presents many hazards to the environment, but is necessary to meet consumer demand (npr.com)

Researchers at World Resources Institution say there are ways to farm fish in a sustainable way that would lessen its impact on the environment. As the world’s intake of fish increases, research into this field is becoming increasingly more crucial. If research into this field is not a priority, and the efficiency of fish farming is not increased, we could be the last generation to enjoy the delicacies of fish. If nothing changes, we run the risk of ruining our fish populations and our oceans to an even greater extent.

 

What do you think about fish farming? Can we protect the environment and continue to eat fish? Let me know what you think in the comments below or find me on Twitter @whatsthesich