The Seattle Times reports that photos it obtained show portions of nets at Cooke Aquaculture's operation off Cypress Island so heavy with mussel and other growth that the net was no longer visible. Net pens at that facility collapsed in August, releasing 160,000 non-native Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea.
More than a third of farmed fruit and vegetables never reaches supermarket shelves because it is misshapen or the wrong size, according to new research. A University of Edinburgh study found more than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown across Europe were discarded each year. This was in part because they did not meet consumers' expectations of how they should look. The study was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. It examined food loss and waste within the European Economic Area and examined how much food was discarded each year before it reached the point of being sold.
Farmed salmon suffer from deafness because their ears become deformed during their accelerated growth on fishfarms, research has found. Around half of all farmed salmon are at least partially deaf, caused by growths in their inner ears. Researchers say the findings raise questions about the welfare of farmed fish. Farmed salmon suffer from deafness because their ears become deformed during their accelerated growth on fishfarms, research has found. Scientists from the University of Melbourne have found that growing rapidly causes tiny crystals, called otoliths, to form in the fish's inner ears.
Washington state officials are asking anglers to come catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can pull from the waters around the San Juan Islands. But the reason behind the sudden open season is worrying. A fish-farm spill occurred Saturday off Cypress Island when anchor lines on a commercial net pen with more than 300,000 salmon gave way, allowing thousands of the 10-pound, farm-raised Atlantics to escape and, officials fear, mix with the wild Pacific salmon. Farm officials said the pen damage was the result of "exceptionally high tides and currents" that occurred in the days leading up to and during Monday's solar eclipse. Others doubted the moon's effect on the tides was the cause, noting there have been higher tides without pens being washed out.