The Dangers of Industrial Ocean Fish Farming provides a comprehensive summary of the work that our sustainable aquaculture campaign does to fight factory farms in our oceans and support truly sustainable seafood production methods.
Industrial ocean fish farming – sometimes referred to as open ocean or marine aquaculture – is the mass breeding, rearing, and harvesting of finfish in areas of the ocean in underwater nets, pods and cages. This farming technique is extremely risky and fraught with environmental and socio-economic havoc. These floating factory farms impose significant harm on public health, the environment, and the people, industries, and economies which rely on the ocean and its many resources.
From direct discharge of heavy metals, antibiotics, pesticides, and untreated fish waste to massive farmed fish spills, industrial ocean fish farms devastate the ocean ecosystem. These factory farms are putting other seafood producers out of business by pumping out massive quantities of farmed fish at the lowest possible cost, and with little regard for the surrounding environment. These industrial ocean fish farms are owned and operated by mega-corporations that control a majority of our seafood production system. This takes away your choice as a consumer and concentrates control and power over how the industry is run.
Because not all seafood is bad, The Dangers of Industrial Ocean Fish Farming also provides information you need to make an informed choice about seafood that is good for you and for the environment. We provide information on better seafood production alternatives, such as truly sustainable wild-caught fishing and land-based recirculating aquaculture systems. Our report also links consumers with seafood guides and provides policy-makers with the information needed to regulate the seafood industry in a way that restores the ocean ecosystem and minimizes harm to the environment.