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What are some disadvantages of fish farms?

Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
It's no surprise that many of the issues in water farm operations mirror those on land. Fish pellets used as feed are certainly no match for the fish's natural diet. This deficiency impacts the nutritional profile of the fish and creates other less-than-appetizing side effects. For instance, salmon farmers add dyes to the fish feed so that the flesh is the nice pink we expect to see in salmon. Without this dye, farmed salmon is gray, since the pellets they're fed in captivity don't contain krill, which is responsible for the deep and beautiful pink color we all associate with salmon.

Overcrowded fish pens cause significant environmental damage to marine environments, not to mention an unpleasant situation for the fish. Because overcrowded conditions tend to foster illness and concentrated filth, there is a widespread use of pesticides, disinfectants, and antibiotics. These additives, along with tremendous amounts of fish waste, end up polluting local waters. Fish are difficult to contain and often escape. These fish then compete with wild local species for food and sometimes even crossbreed with wild fish, which further damages the local fishery.
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