Fish Farming

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North Island College|
Fish Farming
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Benefits and Costs|

Hailey Devitt
3/28/2011
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English 160

Module # 4 & 5 Assignment # 5
Formal Report
North Island College
Section: Distance

Submitted
To
Derek Hanebury

March 28, 2011
Submitted by:
Ms. H. Devitt

Table of contents

Executive Summary…………………………………………………………………………………………….Page 1

Introduction & Background……………………………………………………………………………………Page 2

Major Issues…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Page 2 & 3

Benefits………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Page 3 & 4

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Page 4

Works Cited……………………………………………………………………………………………….………….Page 5

Executive Summary
Fish farming in Canada has recently taken quite the spot light, for good or for worse that is still the question that needs to be addressed. I feel the negatives greatly outshine the positives at this point in time. As the wild salmon stocks are currently in danger fish farming is taking double the amount of wild salmon to produce half the amount of farmed fish. The fish that is coming from the farms is iffy to say the least; it is a chemical, disease ridden product not beneficial for consumption. There are many issues around the benefits of the actual fish, and what it might do to the wild if they are interbred and mixed among the wild salmon. Along with the negatives come some benefits of these farms. There is a major industry with fish farming which produces very profitable revenues. With these high revenues comes thousands of full time and part time jobs for people that otherwise would be unemployed. Like most industry’s there are many issues that need to be worked on, With some time and money I think fish farming could continue to be profitable while being less harmful on the environment and producing a better healthier food source.

Fish Farming

Introduction and background
The topic I have chosen is Fish Farming. This topic hits close to home as both my parents are commercial fisher people, and have been for over 30 years. At home I hear nothing but critical remarks about fish farming, therefore I thought it would be interesting to research the topic and find out a little bit more about what is going on in the waters off the coast of British Columbia. As food prices are on the rise and healthy eating has become far more prominent I think this is a very important issue. I feel the major problem with fish farming is both the harm it is having on the environment, and the product that is being produced. There are numerous arguments for both sides of the equation. The major question we must ask ourselves is do the benefits outweigh the costs for both the environment and human health. Many people do not think the benefits trump the negative effects. Fish farming started in the late 1960s in Norway and came to Canada in the 1970s. Considering that fish farming has only been around for 30-40 years there are still lots of “quirks” that need to be worked out before it will be considered a trusted renewable resource. Major Issues

There are numerous different arguments around fish farming, for every pro there tends to be an equally strong con. I think the major issues are the cost of production and the environmental impact. It is known fact that the wild salmon stocks are dwindling and have been for some time now, and with the growing population we need to think about sustainable resources, we grow our own vegetables why not our own fish? While this might seem like a logical thing to do, what is not mentioned is that it takes nearly two pounds of wild salmon to feed one pound of farmed fish. How could anyone see this as a logical thing to do, using up more resources then you are producing. "People should be aware that they are not doing the environment a favor at all by eating farmed salmon." I think this is a major in conception by most people they assume because it is coming from a contained...
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