EU Fish News, 6 Dec 2013: Slow Food Quick To Blame Salmon Farms

Slow Food Quick To Blame Salmon Farms

EU Fish News, 6 Dec 2013

IRISH environmental groups and anglers have welcomed a recent statement from Slow Food International, which condemns open net pen salmon farming.

The Slow Food Statement says that: “Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice.”

It continues by saying: “Open net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing: it damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality. Feeding carnivorous salmon in farms means other wild species must also be harvested, resulting in a larger carbon footprint – since the fish feed must be fished, processed and transported.”

The statement quotes John Volpe, PhD, Director of the School of Environment at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, who says that: “The independent scientific community speaks with a single voice; open net pen salmon farms are not only a net loss of marine resources and human food but threaten our collective marine environment with potentially irreversible damage.”

The welcome came from, a website created to support the boycott of farmed salmon. The boycott is supported by a number of national environmental groups, including An Taisce, Coastwatch and Friends of the Earth, and Friends of the Irish Environment; groups opposed to the expansion of open net pen salmon farms, including Salmon Watch Ireland, Save Galway Bay, Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages, No Salmon Farms At Sea, Salmon Farming Kills, Aran Against Salmon Farms, Save Bantry Bay; and anglers groups including FISSTA, the Federation of Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers.

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