Fish farming, as with any farming, requires very unhealthy habits to make it a commercially viable playing field. At least this is the case in the United States. Why? Because we like fatty meat eating fish. We like salmon. We like cod. We would never buy a fish that, like us, doesn’t eat good meat.
Well, what happens when you farm these critters? They need to eat meat. Where does that meat come from? Usually wild fish stocks.
Wait a minute, I thought we were fish farming in order to save the wild fish stocks? Nope, not if you’re out to make money. It’s a confused agenda, and that’s really the problem. If you’re setting out to provide a holistic solution to the species depletion of wild stocks, then you can’t raise meat eaters. Not right now. I am amused that research money goes into trying to convince salmon to be vegetarians.
So I get really frustrated when I see reports that the NOAA wants to increase aquaculture’s market presence from $1 billion to $5 billion per year. That money isn’t going to come from vegetarian fish anytime soon.