Fish farming is terrible for all

People who care about animals, the environment, and California waterways don’t want offshore fish farming (“A safe seafood supply?” May 4).

The cramped, unsafe facilities used within the farmed-fish industry promote the spread of parasites and disease and kill fish—who feel pain, as all animals do—in horrible ways, including by suffocating them or piercing their hearts. Fish factory farms also pollute surrounding waters with antibiotics and chemicals, allow viral infections and bacterial diseases to spread through the tidal currents to wild fish, and place other animals at risk of becoming entangled in fishing gear.

Fish farming (or “aquafarms”) may boost corporate profits. But it is terrible for the fish, the environment, and the people of Santa Maria.  

Scott Miller
research specialist, fishing and waterways
PETA Foundation

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