Diversified Salmon Farms on the Horizon?


SAINT JOHN, N.B. — While recent investigations into farmed salmon fishing reveal unsettling realities when it comes to the environmental impact of the practice, one New Brunswick researcher says improving those conditions could simply be a matter of diversity.

According to a report from CBC News, Thierry Chopin at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, has found that growing mussels and seaweed along with farmed salmon can help both the environment and the bottom line.

According to Chopin’s research, as the farming releases both organic and inorganic elements into the water, the mussels absorb the organic waste, while the seaweed absorbs some of the inorganic mater.

What’s more, the research indicates the diversified cites are better suited to provide stability during poor salmon years.

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