Food & Water Watch Alert: Protect our oceans from factory fish farms.

Congress is trying to slip giveaways to industrial fish farms into their schedule before winding down for the summer.

Tell the Senate: Don’t promote dirty open ocean aquaculture.

Congress is due to reauthorize a law that regulates fishing. The House version of the bill weakens protections against overfishing,1, but a Republican scheme in the Senate is trying ease the way for “industrial aquaculture” in federal waters.

That’s another name for factory farming, and it’s as wrong in our oceans as it is on land.

Industrial fish farms

Congress could open federal waters to industrial fish farms.

Industrial fish farms can wreak havoc on everything around them:

  • They pollute. Waste, excess food, antibiotics, and other chemicals used in factory fish farms spread to the ocean around them. This promotes algae growth and causes environmental damage.

  • They spread disease. Outbreaks of diseases and parasites at factory fish farms can be catastrophic. Earlier this year, a “sea lice epidemic” hit a fish farm in Canada, potentially impacting wild salmon in addition to farmed fish.2

  • The fish escape. Three million fish every year escape from aquaculture, pushing non-native species into the ecosystem.3

Protect our oceans from factory fish farms

Despite lots of hype from agribusiness and fish farming companies, it’s clear that factory fish farms solve zero problems but create many new ones. Allowing open ocean aquaculture in U.S. waters would make our food less safe and damage our oceans.

We can’t let this threat to our food system get off the ground.

The Senate have a busy schedule for the rest of the summer. A wonky policy issue like this is the kind of thing they’d like to check off their list without a fight. They won’t be expecting their constituents to raise a fuss about this issue — and that’s why it’s important that we speak out.

Stand with Food & Water Action and tell the Senate: no floating factory farms.

Onward together,

Sarah Spooner
National Online Organizer
Food & Water Watch

1. House Republicans Vote to Gut Lauded Law that Saved America’s Fisheries, Huffington Post, July 11, 2018.
2. Sea Lice Epidemic Overwhelms Fish Farms on Clayoquot Sound, The Tyee, May 17, 2018.
3. Fact Sheet: Open Ocean Aquaculture is Factory Farming in the Sea, Food & Water Watch, February 28, 2018.

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