Norwegian salmon farm offers bounty for escaped fish | Al Jazeera America.

The world’s largest producer of farmed salmon is offering a $90 bounty for every recaptured fish after possibly thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon staged a jailbreak from their 127,000-fish cage in Norway, further endangering the wild salmon population and concerning those who prefer the wild variety for health reasons.

Apparently farmed fish escape on a regular basis, endangering the population of wild fish.  The farmed variety can spread disease to their wild cousins.  The Environmental Defense Fund says salmon farming is a cause of pollution, chemical use, parasites, and disease.

The salmon-farming industry has been blamed for decades for problems with their fish,  Many escape every year.  And these fish often test high in contaminants such as PCBs and other carcinogens.

So why is there so much farming going on?  Because people want to eat it and

wild salmon are growing scarce: Divided among the world’s population, wild salmon could provide only a single serving for each person per year.


You Are What You (Think You) Eat

87 Percent of Snapper is Mislabeled, Study Says | Mother Jones.

More than 300 volunteers served as food detectives for the study, purchasing more than 1,200 samples of seafood from 674 restaurants, sushi bars, and grocery stores in in major cities between 2010 and 2012. Oceana then DNA-tested the fish to catch imposters.

No surprise – lots of mislabeling.

White tuna was another biggie – almost none of the labeled fish was really tuna.

A lot of the fraud is occurring due to restrictions on fishing that were put in place to prevent overfishing.  Demand has remained high, so other fish are “substituted.”

What can you do?  Not much, it turns out.

Oceana notes that “it is difficult to identify if fraud is occurring on the boat, during processing, at the retail counter or somewhere along the way.” In other words, it’s nearly impossible to figure out who is responsible for the mislabeling, especially in an increasingly global fish market.

Historic Dam Removal

Dam breached to provide upstream access for spawning salmon.

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