23 Sep

Dolphins & Aquaculture

© Volker Boehlke

Canary Islands, Aug/Sept 2011. Fish farming as the main form of aquaculture nowadays is widespread an rapidly increasing world wide. It is praised as a crucial contribution for the nutrition of the world’s human population: aquaculture already represents around one third of the global fishery’s output. On the other hand, extensive environmental damage and overfishing of the oceans (every kilo of fish ‘produced’ in aquaculture consumes 3 kilo of wild fish) have to be put on the negative side of the balance. Rarely known are the effects of the fish farming plants on wild living dolphins – for instance around Tenerife.
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