We Must Start Using The Ocean As Farmers Instead Of Hunters – The Case For Fish Farming… – Eco Snippets

We Must Start Using The Ocean As Farmers Instead Of Hunters – The Case For Fish Farming…

We Must Start Using The Ocean As Farmers Instead Of Hunters – The Case For Fish Farming...


We’re headed towards a global food crisis: Nearly 3 billion people depend on the ocean for food, and at our current rate we already take more fish from the ocean than it can naturally replace. In this fact-packed, eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and conservationist Mike Velings proposes a solution: Aquaculture, or fish farming.

“We must start using the ocean as farmers instead of hunters,” he says, echoing Jacques Cousteau. “The day will come where people will demand farmed fish on their plates that’s farmed well and farmed healthy — and refuse anything less.”

Mike Velings is the co-founder and the driving force behind Aqua-Spark, a global investment fund for sustainable aquaculture, combining a healthy financial profit with environmental and social impact. Check out his talk on the case for fish farming below…



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There are some really good results coming from this method. Best part is that some of the companies are using these fish corals as mobile fencing (like cattle herders did) and imitating the natural feeding habits of multiple endangered species, while also keeping out invasive/detrimental species.

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    Hahaha yeah that wasn’t an absolute fucking disaster for the midwest.

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With extreme caution, we have entire ecosystems in Tasmania that are struggling due to the impact of fish farming. Then look at the fake food ration the fish are fed and the resulting nutritional content of the meat afterwards. I believe it can be done but profit should not be driving it.

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    Profit pays taxes mate!

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    I agree Dalles.

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    Same problem in Malta. The feed given causes lots of sludge that washes up on beaches & coastline. And most of the fish farmed is shipped to Japan (other side of the world) as a delicacy, not to feed any hungry.

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    Albertus Hanekom only if it’s sustainable though…O/S trawlers dragging the ocean clean of every living thing to make fish food pellets to feed fish to eat…something not quite right there??

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    Albertus Hanekom Very Trumpian

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There was recently a fish farm in BC that had a large quantity of fish, not from that eco system, get out and there are still cleaning up the mess. There are many problems, disease etc. Fish do not do well in pens.

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    Disease alone is devastating!!! Then we release antibiotics directly into the ocean!

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The Salmon that this makes are sick, and recommended not to eat, because the meat is not healthy…..

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    That’s why they dye the flesh pink, because ‘grey’ doesn’t appeal

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Not so clear cut

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Grant Leeworthy might want to add something

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Better cases for seaweed farming. Although I don’t like seaweed it’s a much better option

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just keep the pharma’s out of the fish

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Ive been to Bruny Island Tasmania and seen fish farm ponds. They have issues with the excreta. Salmonella. Maybe combine with plants…aquaponics????

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An interesting argument. Its major premise, however, is to adjust to growth with more growth. An expanding human population requires more food. All solutions that don’t recognize that growth is ‘the’ problem will lead us to the same disastrous end. We need to wake up and deal with growth.

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    So true Jim. Thank you for your insight.

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    Growth is not the problem, zoning and the meat industry is the major problem.

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Fish farming creates disease and other problems even worse than fishing.

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Vertical Farming via Permaculture techniques. It’s a thing and it can be done to where farming fish actually works as an engine to repopulate the oceans AND feed people at the same time. Requires us to try new things and to do so with an abundance mentality and while listening to natures patterns.

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Salmon aquaculture like many forms of commercial farming demands the use of antibiotics and food additives. Chemical treatments for sea lice takes place in open sea pens that affect other species (lobster). In areas where wild salmon populations are in decline or endangered (Maine coast), land based salmon aquaculture technologies should be adopted. Farming the ocean is not the answer to feeding the world. Just look at the cost of salmon in your grocery store. This is not an effort to feed those threatened by food insecurity.

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What a mistake–such a simplistic endorsement of a potentially catastrophic industry! Do your homework, “Ecosnippets”!

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this is absolute horseshit! nice try aquaculture. a round of applause for your efforts with your smoke and mirrors. Fuck off and get out of our BC waters.

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    Fucking love you dude. I hate shit like this!

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No there are a myriad of alternate solutions but this is not a good idea

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Ning youo we should not ! Go look at the salmon industry if you want to know what it Will…

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Sounds good in theory but doesn’t work in practice. In Washington state waters the salmon farms are reacking havoc on the natural ecosystems and wild salmon here. The answer is carefully regulated wild fishing & INLAND aquaculture which while being a bit more expensive is way more eco-friendly.

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Wrong food alters the proteine, antibiotica, crowded population, lice …mmmmmmm … I wonder …

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Fishing natural resources sustainably is far better than fish farming where anti-biotics and single gene pool fish are used.

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Land based hatcheries not open pen in the water

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No we must NOT start using the ocean as farmers….we already have a dying planet due in a large part to unsustainable FARMING methods. Wherever there’s farming there’s unsustainable greed and unfortunately avarice buries good sense every time. The ocean has already been raped, pillaged and polluted to an almost non recoverable state. What we need is to develop vast marine reserves and prevent the current abusers from finishing off the task to which they have applied themselves with sadly very sustainable fervour!

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There may need to be improvements before this could grow.

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Pauline Malterre

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Monoculture farming is fraught with dangers. We need ocean farmers that adhere to the concepts of permaculture.

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And what about the wellbeing of the fishes…….

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Like any hi density farming system, it brings more problems (disease, pollution,damage to the other species) than solutions.

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Ask wa state and the current failure of Atlantic salmon farming pens, releasing thousands of Atlantic salmon into pacific waters how they feel. ?. And guess who is tasked with the cleanup efforts? Hint it wasn’t the company responsible for the failure.

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This method is fraught with danger. The fish must be pumped with chemicals / antibiotics/ hormones to grow them to maturity in such confinement.

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YA, AND LOOK AT THE POISON WE ARE EATING IN FARMING FISH—I AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS, AS THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT BIG PROFITS, NOT CARRING ABOUT THE OCEAN OR MY HEALTH: V.

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overcrowding, disease, antibiotics, GMO pellets, growth hormones, no quality of life, cruelty, trashes the oceans, attracts sharks, unhealthy food

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Anyone seen that program about Asian trawlers dragging the oceans clean of every living thing…then ground down into pellets to sell to fish farmers to feed farmed salmon (which we buy because there’s no wild caught fish left)…am I missing something here? ?

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hopefully the vegan movement will keep growing as well. I’m vegetarian but working towards veganism, just gotta find more fatty foods so I don’t wither away but I already don’t eat fish and there are so many people that are realzing animals are sentient and also going vegan/vegatarian. The more the merrier. If you want to try, go vegetarian first, its actually super easy and meat starts tasting nasty after a while. If you want to lost weight, go whole foods vegan.

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Bad idea, for many reasons.

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Aquaculture should be done on land, and the waste can be used to fertilize crops.

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We have destroyed our soils don’t destroy our seas

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Food Crisis ya right is that not what Monsanto preaches as well?

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Ducking stupid as shit! We need to start replanting the seaweed forests. Farming fish is a terrible practice just like industrial fishing. It’s alllllllllll fucked and no one knows the solution because every single industry is eating every other industry and their workers. Love you, be kind, write better articles, youre welcome.

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Disease alone is devastating!!! Then we release antibiotics directly into the ocean!

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Try sun gazing then see how you feel about all these lies.

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I heard 5000kg/year of antibiotics are used in Australian fish farming.

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no fish farms they are a breeding ground for disased fish..as for fish, fresh or ocean fish..dont abuse it or you will lose it.

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OMG can we please stop repeating stupid mistakes based on thinking that humans can do better than Mother Nature itself! There are hundreds of super smart reasons why fish live naturally how they live! Let the animals live as they are meant to, so we don’t keep messing up everything that Mother Nature already made perfect. Geez. Why are we so blind??? Go find something else to do with your times and stop “inventing” “solutions” to the problems we created! Better expenditure of creativity might be made in undoing the problems we created? Capitalism is a failed system begging for creative fixes. Plenty to do there.

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Agreed. We will probably be forced to

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I´m glad to see all the sceptical comments here. We have seen what happens in Norway, and now some profitmakers are trying to establish fish farms in the vulneralble inner waters of Denmark. Fish farming in the ocean is NOT at good idea. And it doesn´t bring more food – I heard that it takes as much as 7 kg feede to produce one kg fish. And have you ever tried a salmon from a fish farm? It has no structure, no taste, just a lump of BLAH. … nothing like the fish caught in the wild.

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You kidding? The toxic shit we pump into our oceans – even without Fukushima.

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You know fish farms are killing wild stocks with disease right?

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The answer is to kill everything stop exploiting animals for profit

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I don’t support fish farming at all. Factory farming is factory farming. I won’t eat the stuff thats produced.

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What is the elephant in the room?

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Land-based aquaculture systems are the way to go. The waste products make fantastic fertilizer. Let the oceans stay wild.

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    But we end up with serious diseases in land farms

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    Not really hahaha. It’s super productive and simple to do. I’m aquaculturing tilapia in my apartment. Plus, it’s a closed system, so any parasites stay isolated. Net farms in the open ocean are breeding grounds for disease and often infect was me populations. Just a few months ago, thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped their pen off of the Washington coast, creating a massive disease risk for wild stocks.

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The day I “demand” for farmed fish is never going to happen. Wild and locally caught or else nothing at all.

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Floating islands in fact.

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The celts off the coast of Ireland was fish farming thousands of years ago from a tree log enclosure and net suspended under the surface. SUSTAINABLY !

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    That was more likely a form of trapping, as practiced by indigeoneous folk in my area for hundreds if not thousands of years.

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    a hammock like net tied to the logs with a net for the bigger fish to be contained. whilst the contained fish was fed by the passing fry.

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    They also wouldn’t have been running hundreds of farms with millions of fish in each farm, dumping tens of thousands of liters of pesticides and antibiotics in the water.
    Cermac is trying to apply for a permit right now to dump around a million liters of hydrogen peroxide in my local waters, they can keep producing their dissed deformed fish…

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So he means seaweed forests right? Cus if he just mean more cages animals then this is fucked.

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Everything I’ve read about fish farming says that they require twice as much food used twice as much energy and the fish are 10 times more likely to get sick when their farmed in cages do we need to turn fish into the latest chicken farm catastrophe that we have in the US

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Sounds like ecosnippets is either part of-or has fallen for-a scam. Fish farming in Australia has polluted every inlet and bay it has been established in.

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    And in Greece! The coast are crowded with fish farms and the bays are so polluted. So many of the fish from fish farms have abnormaly shaped fish, caused by the extreme overcrowding. This is not the way forward at all!!!

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    Ecosnippets is a business trying to get you to sign up to buy plans and courses. Funded by clickbait. Interesting but search the ideas elsewhere for a wider view.

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    Same in Canada, diseased fish that are killing off our wild populations…

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    Only because they are doing it wrong. Change the way you farm the oceans and it will be fine. Use human intelligence.
    Or just become a vegetarian like me.

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So far fish farming has been an environmental disaster. From introducing pathogens from Atlantic waters to the Pacific, to the detriment and decline of native salmon, destroying mangrove forests in the East and Pacific coasts….those mangroves are just as important as the declining coral reefs in terms of being nurseries for juvenile fish. And if anyone that reads this is eating farmed shrimp or prawns (farmed is anything not wild caught, no matter what the package says), let me tell you about the time that we were cleaning some recreationally caught wild prawns when Eddy, a Filipino arrived. He bragged that in his village the shrimp from their salt pond were much larger. He also said that much of the village waste, including dead cats and dogs, were tossed into the pond. Hungry?

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    Uh what do you think shrimp and prawns eat in the wild lol

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    Yes, they are bottom dwellers and should not be eaten for that very reason. Consider how many food poisoning incidents proved so to our ancestors. Why are they proscribed as forbidden by several older religions? They are there to clean up the waste.

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    So are carp and suckers but those are known as delicacies across the world.

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    Glad I’ve been vegetarian for 3 years.

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    I love seafood, but there are no safe or ethical seafood anymore. Garbage patch bouillabaisse any one? How about manure marinaded tilapia?

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Man will destroy themselves. Idiots!

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There is far more evidence AGAINST fish farming than FOR fish farming with respect to quality of life, quality of product, hygiene, diseases spreading, and increased pollution of waters.

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Uhm. No. Just stop eating so much fucking meat. It’s not that hard.

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    Actually human biology requires a regular intake of meat to be healthy. You could however stop having so many kids instead

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    I really hope you don’t feed your dog or wolf or whatever that is any meat! You don’t, do you? It’s a vegetarian pet, right??

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    Joyce Ann that’s not my wolf. Was visiting in a wolf sanctuary

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    Derek Leverknight I don’t eat meat, in fact many people I know don’t and we are healthier then most. You can get what you need without meat. I do however agree on the kid thing. Should have limits on family size

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Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

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Fukashima spills out 600 tonnes a day..fish should not be on the menu,unless everyone is waiting first of all the see the mutations…if fish farming is to be a thing, regular water testing would be a must..

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That way they can destroy the oceans the way they have the land. Frankenfish…the ultimate GMO. Except with fish you actually eat the GMO animal matter taking it right into your body. Maybe a few Frankenpeople next?

But not to worry. Ecosnippets never bothers to read stuff before they post..as long as there is a pretty picture and catchy title it must be good.

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fish farms are disease factories and a cause huge amount of pollution

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How much do they pay you, to write this bullshit.
Fish Farms are shit. It need to be on land so we can make the water clean again, and the fish cant esape.

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Nooooooooooooooooooo! Its not a good idea. We need to eat less meat and top predatorian fish and eat more vegetables/greens and fish caught in the ocean. Fishfarming is using A LOT of recources and also is poisening our oceans with pectesides and waste!!!

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The trouble is, mankind wealthy think of food as more of a commodity rather than a necessity and they will keep raping the oceans in the name of profit rather than sustainability. This needs to be addressed.

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Desease, sea fleas, more insecticides and chemicals, masses of waste feed accumulating. Killing seals who get too close. Farmers do not improve the environment they work, they destroy the balance and leave it worse off, dead soils, no biodiversity, food chain disrupted, no prime predators. Bees die out. Butterflies and birds extinct.

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You have got to be kidding; marine fish farm is an unmitigated disaster for the environment and extremely inefficient way of producing low quality food.

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Fish farms See far worse than hunting

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Farmed fish is deadly…………………………………………………..

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No fish farms , period !!!!!!!!!!

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On land only – fully contained – and low on the food chain fish such as trout, tilapia. BACK OFF on the high nd fish like salmon or else they’ll go the way of cod and tuna – extinct!!

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Farmed salmon is some of the most toxic food there is and the surrounding waters are horribly polluted. Do some research…

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No we don’t. Do a taste comparison between a farm raised (in ocean cages) with a wild caught – in the ocean. The former tastes of the chems that they use to keep the fish ‘healthy ‘.

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We need to follow the “Back to Eden” gardening method and stop using chemical sprays & fertilizers that kill insects and microbs! 🙂

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Fukushima is still leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean. It’s almost 7 years since the accident and it doesn’t look like it will be stopped anytime soon. I don’t think the ocean is the solution to raise any kind of seafood.

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Fish farming has been an absolute failure. Damage to local environment. Fish diseases and lice passed from farmed fish to wild fish. Farmed fish suffer serious health issues due to being confined, including high levels of stress, which causes constantly elevated cortisol levels, which causes all kinds of illnesses, including Cancer, which humans end up eating. No. No to farmed fish. No to fish of any kind. Humans don’t need it in their diets.

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The Idea sounds great, the execution sucks!

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You should stop eating meat.

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These things have their own serious issues.

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No. fish farming is really bad for the environment. Ranching is better.

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    Semantics are important.

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    P Enrico Alexander Varani – It’s not semantics – regular fish farming creates enormous amounts of pollution & a toxic end-product. “Ranching” allows nature to take care of waste products & creates a healthy, nutritious product.

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On land ponds only!

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emm hasnt Fukushima sorted tis for ever ??

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Ah no…..not eating your farmed fish….nope!

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NO. These are merely breeding grounds for mutant fish. These farms must be filled with antibiotics and chemicals to keep the fish “ healthy”. Have you ever tasted a farm raised Salmon? It’ tastes like a mouth full of moth balls .

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This is the best way to be poisoned by antibiotics and spread sea lice!!

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Sure trading cow farts for mercury poisoning. yup Great logic.

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Less people is the solution

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This is short sighted. I’m disappointed.

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It seems as if many do not understand this type of farming. Most if not all the issues spoken of here do not happen. The key is the open waters around the compounds. The concerns are true when raised in ponds or intensive type pools that are self-contained.

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    that is what I have seen explained in a number of documentaries…..

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    Some serious environmental damage has been taking place in Tasmanian open waters due to fish farming. All to produce a second rate form of protein.

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It is a dirty industry-it needs lots of oversight. My worry is that it will be filled with poor management practices to increase profits, since monitoring is so expensive. I say–let’s work on cleaning up ocean pollution and climate remediation–and not go there.

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In the ocean, in Fukushimas radiation..either way same result..fish is off the menu…

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No way..another FAIL from the ECO camp. Toxic waste into ocean water. Worst possible solution!

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