Aquaculture: Fish Farms

Josh Brusin

March 21 2005 - 9:36 PM

From The World Wildlife Fund Fish food for thought
18 Feb 2003
Each year, some 80 million tonnes of wild fish are caught from the world’s oceans. But not all these fish end up on our dinner plates. More than one-third is used to make fishmeal and fish oil. Even this doesn’t all go directly into food or other products: two-thirds goes to make feed for farmed fish.

Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food industries in the world. The growth of the fish farming sector of the industry is largely fuelled by an ever-increasing demand for high-quality fish such as salmon and trout. These are carnivorous fish that in the wild eat smaller fish, squid, and other crustaceans. When farmed, they are fed pellets made largely of fishmeal and fish oil.

Most fish oil and fishmeal is made from small, bony pelagic fish such as anchovies, pilchards, mackeral, herring, and whiting. Some species are also used for human consumption, but others, known as “industry fish”, are only used for making these products.

Aquaculture Debate Link

< a href="http://www.mercola.com/2003/aug/9/fish_mercury.htm">Some Doctor’s Website

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