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Spotlight on Industrial Aquaculture

About the Series

The seafood farming – or aquaculture – industry markets many of its products as low-carbon, healthy and sustainable. But there’s a hitch. Intensively reared carnivorous fish like salmon are fed on wild-caught fishThese small, nutritious species are harvested by the tonne in fragile, unregulated zones like West Africa, putting local access to food, fish stocks and jobs at risk.

In our Industrial Aquaculture database, DeSmog scrunitizes the sustainability claims of major salmon producers and lobby groups, exploring ecological and social harms that range from damaging fish-feed supply chains, environmental pollution and increased pressure on over-exploited fish stocks.

In This Series

Campaigners criticise “highly flawed” voluntary schemes as DeSmog analysis finds lack of representation from civil society, or impacted communities.

Campaigners criticise “highly flawed” voluntary schemes as DeSmog analysis finds lack of representation from civil society, or impacted communities.
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As markets for salmon and sea bass expand, scientists, activists, and NGOs say fish farming endangers the environment and local communities.

As markets for salmon and sea bass expand, scientists, activists, and NGOs say fish farming endangers the environment and local communities.
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Research reveals industrial salmon producers are depriving communities in West Africa of vital nutrients to fuel salmon consumption in wealthy countries like the UK.

Research reveals industrial salmon producers are depriving communities in West Africa of vital nutrients to fuel salmon consumption in wealthy countries like the UK.
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Campaigners urge greater scrutiny of aquaculture, which relies on wild-caught fish as feed.

Campaigners urge greater scrutiny of aquaculture, which relies on wild-caught fish as feed.
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We put the sustainability claims of seafood companies under the spotlight.

We put the sustainability claims of seafood companies under the spotlight.