Mussel / Shrimp / Salmon Aquaculture
The choices you make can help protect our marine life. SCC-British Columbia Chapter’s Canada's Seafood Guide may help you make better consumer choices.
Farmed fish and seafood has increasingly become a political, environmental and social justice issue and yet consumption of these commodities continues to grow inCanada. Shrimp, now affordable and widely available is still sometimes regarded as a food of the affluent. Much of the ‘cheap’ shrimp sold today is produced on shrimp farms.
Tropical coastal ecosystems are being sold out for financially risky environmentally destructive monoculture shrimp farms so that wealthy consumers in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan can indulge in cheap shrimp. Shrimp output increased by 900% between 1982 and 1995 and currently one quarter of the world’s shrimp is produced on unsustainable shrimp farms.
As Canadians lay off eating shrimp to support the land and livelihood of men and women in Asia and Latin America; many Canadian organizations are attempting to encourage American and Japanese consumers to boycott farmed salmon and mussels.
Farmed salmon and mussels, raised with thousands of species in open net cages, pass their feces directly into the waters around them. The waste overloads the water with nutrients causing no oxygen “dead zones” with no microorganisms or signs of life. The final product, dyed and high in toxins such as PCBs, is hardly comparable to the wild variety.