“It’s really a shame that this has happened,” Jonathan White, the author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, commented to Inverse. “It underscores the risk and the dangers of farm fishing.”
Environmental groups have long criticized the practice of aquaculture. According to Food & Watch Watch, “massive amounts of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides are required to keep disease at bay just to keep fish and shrimp alive in overcrowded conditions (typically in nets, cages, or ponds).
“Farmed Atlantic salmon, a nonnative species to the Pacific coast, could also pose a risk to native species.”
Salmon farms are extremely harmful to wild fish because they break natural laws, releasing dangerous levels of viruses, bacteria and sea lice into the water,” the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society warns on its Operation Virus Hunter campaign website. “Wild salmon are declining wherever there are salmon farms.”
Environmentalists said repeatedly this would happen.