March 23, 2016
An astounding 23 million farmed Atlantic salmon have died in Chile due to an algal bloom. About nine percent of salmon farms in southern Chile were affected, at a cost of about $800 million U.S. Chile is a major salmon exporter to the U.S. El Niño conditions have led to unusually warmer ocean waters that allow algae to multiply. Read more at Reuters.
In the past few months we have posted several stories about net-pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes. Recently, three Michigan state agencies have publicly stated opposition to net-pen farms in Lake Michigan because of environmental risks, and potential adverse effects on tourism and recreational fishing. Read more at the Detroit Free Press.
A new analysis from our Center shows that the fish-farming industry is increasing its use of plant-based ingredients in its feed and moving away from traditional feed made from fish, which alters the environmental footprint of farmed fish and could impact some of the health benefits of eating certain types of seafood. These findings come from a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, and McGill University. Read more from the CLF news release and The Fish Site.
The Slow Food movement is embracing U.S. seafood with the 2016 Slow Fish conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference is typically held in Genoa, Italy, and attracts chefs, fishers, academics and advocacy groups, but this year the conference is also happening in the U.S. We missed attending, but tweet us what you learned @livablefuture. Read more at NPR’s The Salt.
A series of unrelated stories found harmful chemicals in recreationally caught fish across the U.S. Lake Erie has seen increasing levels of flame retardants in smallmouth bass, while other Great Lakes see a decline in the chemical. Read more at the Great Lakes Echo. A suite of drugs and personal care products were found in salmon from Puget Sound and were thought to be coming from a local wastewater treatment plant. Read more at The Seattle Times.