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Antibiotics turn US salmon buyers against farmed fish

That’s prompted CostCo, to turn away from farmed salmon from Chile – the world’s second largest producer – due to its record use of antibiotics to kill deadly bacteria in its net pens. According to Reuters, Chile increased use last year to 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics on production of nearly 900-thousand tons of salmon. That’s a 25 percent increase from 2013. Costco – the number three U.S. retailer – used to buy 90 percent of the 600,000 pounds of salmon fillets it sells each week from Chile, accounting for nearly nine percent of Chilean exports to the U.S. Read the rest here 16:53


Farmed fish can only spare the ocean if we can swap out the fish oil that feeds it

Fish farming gets a lot of flack, and salmon often bears the brunt of it. Much of this has to do with the fish food — namely, the old saw that it takes an average of three pounds of wild fish to make one pound of domesticated salmon. Read more here  08:51

Why farmed fish need more veggies in their diet: Carnivorous fish are coaxed into accepting more plants in their daily diets

CBC_News_logoConsumer demand for sustainable farmed seafood is growing, but the food supply for the salmon in the pens is running thin – there are simply not enough fish in the sea. “Historically, fishmeal [ground-up wild fish] has been a relatively inexpensive and highly nutritious [fish food] source,” says Ian Forster, an aquatic animal nutrition scientist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read [email protected]  13:34

Begich calls farmed fish ‘corncob couch potatoes’ to ‘Hollywood health guru’

“It’s a disservice to point your clients and your fans toward farm fish, the corncob couch potatoes of the ocean, instead of encouraging them to eat fresh, healthy wild fish like Alaska salmon,” wrote Begich in his September 5, 2013 letter. “Alaska salmon is abundant, natural and sustainable.  Our industry employs over 70,000 fishermen and processing workers and provides more than half the seafood produced in the U.S.” [email protected]  18:03