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Industrial Ocean Fish Farming

Millions of Americans eat seafood in an attempt to consume healthier, more environmentally conscious meals. But what they don’t realize is that over half of the seafood we consume is farmed – the bulk of which is produced by industrial ocean fish farms that are fraught with environmental and social problems.

Industrial ocean fish farming – also known as open ocean or offshore marine aquaculture – is the mass breeding, rearing, and harvesting of seafood in net pens, pods, and cages. These are essentially underwater factory farms in our ocean, with devastating environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Friends of the Earth seeks to:

  • Shift the focus away from mainstream, industrial seafood production, and toward truly sustainable farming and wild fishing practices
  • Develop federal and state policies for sustainable aquaculture practices that exclude industrial ocean fish farming
  • Launch a market transformation for truly sustainable seafood


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Fishermen Call on Congress for Protection from Net Pen Finfish Aquaculture

American fishing industry groups and individual fishermen from across the country today delivered a letter calling on both houses of Congress to oppose any attempts to legitimize open net pen finfish aquaculture.

NOAA’s industrial fish farming plan threatens oceans and fishing communities

Friends of the Earth today delivered more than 38,500 comments opposing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to increase aquaculture production.

NOAA’s industrial fish farming plan threatens oceans and fishing communities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold another listening session in Raleigh, North Carolina today to continue discussing its five-year strategic plan, which targets an increase in aquaculture production by leasing federal waterways to companies looking to build floating feedlots.

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Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state
Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state

In early March 2018, Washington’s state legislature passed House Bill 2957—a bill that bans all future industrial net pen operations by 2022. This bill should send a message to the aquaculture industry that its time is up.

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It’s not deja vu. Congress really is trying to pass another failing industrial ocean fish farm bill.
It’s not deja vu. Congress really is trying to pass another failing industrial ocean fish farm bill.

We can continue to feed the global population without further industrializing our oceans by utilizing recirculating systems and through sustainable wild-capture fishing, agroecological shellfish, and plant mariculture in the open ocean.

Proposed senate bill would turn oceans into fish feedlots
Proposed senate bill would turn oceans into fish feedlots

The Trump Administration is making a huge push to bring destructive and polluting industrial ocean fish farming to U.S. waters.

Industrial Ocean Fish Farming — Bad for the Ocean, Fish, and People
Industrial Ocean Fish Farming — Bad for the Ocean, Fish, and People

Industrial ocean fish farming is looking to take over our oceans and hijack our wild seafood, leaving no room for local fishing communities, tribes, tourism, ship traffic, and recreational anglers.

Resources See All
  • Opposition to marine finfish aquaculture in US waters sign-on letter
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  • AQUAA Act Fact Sheet
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  • Industrial Ocean Fish Farming: Myths & Facts
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