recent study by German researchers from the renowned Max Planck
Institute’s Dynamics and Organization Department found that salmon
farming creates environmental disaster, worse even than previously
The team had been navigating waters off the coast of
Chile to study communication among whales when they came across a series
of oceanic salmon farms. Analysis of water samples in the region found
them to be shockingly empty of life. Team leader Dr. Heike Vester also
observed that they were clouded by fish feces and uneaten food, and
emitted a sharp odor of chlorine.
Moreover, nets surrounding the
farms were trapping and strangling sea lions and other marine life,
while acoustic measurements revealed that engine noise from supply
vessels and other machinery used to feed the salmon was interfering with
the communication systems of whales and porpoises.
and Max Planck Institute team, we appreciate your work in revealing the
ecological threat of salmon farms. Let us join in new awareness to
restore the oceans’ natural balance by choosing sustainable lifestyles
that support all life. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often highlighted
the need to preserve living environments for both land and sea, as
during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Fish farms are like on-land factory farms. They have similar problems
environmentally, with impacts that include polluting the bodies of
waters. The farmed fish are contained in big netted areas off the ocean
shores with uneaten food, fish waste, antibiotics, or other drugs and
that pass into the surrounding waters where they harm our ecosystems and pollute our drinking sources.
wild fish stocks also. Fish like salmon that are eaten by humans are
usually fed huge amounts of other fish like anchovies. This practice
also endangers sea animals, like sea lions and birds.
God’s creations that we should also care for, respect, protect, not to
eat. Once we start thinking in this way, we are in a better position for
ourselves, for the fish and for the planet.