The virus that devastated Chile’s fish farms just a few years ago has been found in wild salmon in British Columbia.
The Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) measures the environmental costs and benefits of farmed fish. Using GAPI can help inform seafood purchases on a personal level as well as policy decisions on a national level.
Seafood Watch is the go to authority for consumers and businesses that want to make sustainable choices when purchasing seafood. The program, run by the Monteray Bay Aquarium, makes science-based, peer reviewed recommendations to indicate which seafood items are “Best Choices”, “Good Alternatives”, and ones you should “Avoid.”
Shrimp season may have just opened in the Gulf, but as people show concern over the safety of Gulf seafood, individuals and businesses may begin to look elsewhere, most likely to imports.
This week, Congress is voting on the critically important and extremely timely “Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,” (CLEAR Act). The stated purpose of the act was to promote clean energy while heightening safety standards surrounding offshore drilling and other problematic industries in the Gulf. Unfortunately, several important provisions, which would have furthered these stated goals, were dropped from the bill. The bill, which supposedly includes a Gulf of Mexico restoration program, would have banned the destructive and highly contentious practice of offshore aquaculture (also known as factory fish farming) in Gulf waters and would have promoted solar and wind energy on land. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders caved to political pressure and removed these significant provisions. One of the most serious, yet little-known threats to our oceans over the last decade has been the expansion of offshore aquaculture, so why is Congress allowing its creation in the already struggling Gulf?
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