Commercial fish farms 'wiping out' wild salmon

Threats to salmon from fish farms

Source: Paul Kelbie
Independent June 1 2002 p13

The World Wide Fund for Nature has noted a sharp drop population of wild salmon in Europe and North America. This drop is attributed to fish farming, and conservation groups are seeking greater control of fish farms. Escaped fish from farms can interbreed with wild fish, weakening the gene pool for wild salmon. Wild fish can also become infected by farmed fish, and compete for habitat and food with them. Environmentalists are calling for the North Atlantic Salmon Organization, which represents salmon fishing, to take action. They also want river mouths to be free of fish farms, in order to protect returning salmon.