If cultured fish is fed with wild stock, are we doing more harm than good when we buy fresh from the farm?
By Jen TrolioPosted 03.14.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The fact that nearly three quarters of the world's fisheries are dangerously close to depletion makes aquaculture seem like our only chance at meeting the ever-growing demand for seafood. But it takes fish to grow fish: Most of the fish meal used in today's aquaculture feed is made from small, oily specimens such as anchovies and sardines. A huge load of these "forage" fish-roughly a third of the global catch-is turned into fish meal every year. The Pew Ocean Commission estimates that it takes four pounds of wild fish to produce one pound of farmed fish. So what's the deal?