Farmed Atlantic salmon are a major risk to wild populations wherever they exist - whether in marine feedlots where they grow to market size, or in hatcheries where they are grown as young fish in rivers, into which they escape, threatening wild populations there.
ASF and the Future of Aquaculture
It is increasingly evident through peer-reviewed scientific research conducted by ASF and others, that salmon farming harms the environment and wild Atlantic salmon.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation provides science-based advice on the issue, and on ways to reduce the harm caused by farmed salmon.
ASF and Environmental Assessments of Projects
- ASF and partners are undertaking a major initiative to explore alternative, land-based aquaculture. Read more
- ASF actively promotes the placement of marine cages at a significant distance from the mouths of Atlantic salmon rivers
- ASF promotes greater transparency from both government and the industry to include the public and local communities in both planning and sharing information on escapes and the results of any escapes
- ASF promotes government maintaining an administrative distance from aquaculture operations, rather than economically supporting operations that risk endangered wild populations and pollute inshore environments
- ASF is asking for a definition of sustainable aquaculture that includes minimal impacts on both freshwater and marine ecosystems
The largest proposed open net-pen salmon aquaculture project in North American history has been proposed for Placentia Bay on Newfoundland's south coast. ASF went to court and won a requirement for a full Environmental Impact Assessment, after the province had given the project a green light. The province has appealed, but meanwhile has suggested draft guidelines for an EIS. Below is a link to ASF's response on the proposed guidelines: