British Columbia is the only region on the Pacific coast of North America that still allows open ocean fish farms .
Crawford, T. (2018, April 5). B.C. chefs ask gov’t to stop open-net salmon farming. Retrieved May 10, 2019, from https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-chefs-pen-letter-to-government-to-stop-salmon-farming
Open ocean fish farms are large cages or nets placed in coastal waters, next to wild species. They contain thousands, if not millions, of fish. For the aquaculture industry, open ocean fish farms are an effective farming method, as they don’t need to worry about cleaning up waste, chemicals or diseases.
But they’re an
In 2017, an open ocean fish farm in Washington state collapsed, causing over 250,000 invasive Atlantic salmon to escape. .Mapes, L. (2018, January 30). Fish farm caused Atlantic salmon spill near San Juans, then tried to hide how bad itwas, state says. Retrieved May 10, 2019, fromhttps://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/fish-farm-caused-atlantic-salmon-spill-state-says-then-tried-to-hide-how-bad-it-was/
The catastrophe spread parasites and deadly diseases into the Puget Sound, wreaking havoc on wild Pacific salmon. This prompted Washington lawmakers to ban open ocean Atlantic salmon farming, joining the ranks of California, Oregon and Alaska. Le, P. (2018, March 22). Washington state phases out Atlantic salmon farming. Retrieved May 10, 2019, from https://bc.ctvnews.ca/washington-state-phases-out-atlantic-salmon-farming-1.3854993
British Columbia is now the only region on the Pacific coast of North America that still allows open ocean fish farms..