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Salmon farms are not nearly the menace they have been made out to be

Concern that the public is being deprived of a genuine opportunity to learn from science is one of the driving forces behind a new initiative of the Aquaculture Association of Canada

July 28, 2006

"Salmon farms are not nearly the menace they have been made out to be" according to a recent initiative from the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC).

Concern that the public is being deprived of a genuine opportunity to learn from science is one of the driving forces behind a new initiative of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC). Starting with some "hot" issues about salmon farming, the AAC is giving the public an opportunity to explore the scientific knowledge that lies beneath the sometimes stormy controversy at the surface.

The first "science story" will explore sea lice, the naturally-occurring small parasites that can infect both wild and farmed salmon. The in-depth scientific research that has been done in this area over the last three years was sparked by a concern that fish farms could be the source for large numbers of sea lice infecting juvenile pink salmon as they migrated out to sea. However, the research has shown that the story is not so simple.

There are still things that remain to be discovered in this area, but it is becoming clear that salmon farms are not nearly the menace they have been made out to be.

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