Lobby Group Protests Against Organic Farmed Salmon

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
22 August 2006, at 1:00am

UK - The Salmon Farm Protest Group has hit out at the Soil Association for its decision this week to award full organic status to farmed salmon. SFPG chairman Bruce Sandison said: "In my view this is complete nonsense. There is nothing 'natural' about salmon farming. From start to finish the farming of salmon is an artificial process." He said: "The eggs and sperm used to produce farmed salmon are artificially stripped from captive brood-stock salmon. The fertilised eggs are artificially hatched and the progeny artificially reared. They are transported to sea in tubs on the backs of lorries or by boats designed for the purpose, or in containers slung from helicopters. "In the sea their growth rate can be artificially enhanced to such a degree that ordinary factory-farmed farm salmon might reach slaughter weight in less than two years. Source: Shetland Marine News