Fishy science

It’s alive… it’s… alive!

As alive as a blog can be. Time will tell. But first, an explanation about what this blog is all about, and why we are doing it.

We will write a lot about B.C., Canada because that’s where we live, and like they say, write what you know.

We are unashamedly pro-aquaculture. The population of this planet is going to hit seven billion people in our lifetime and farming fish is a brilliant technological innovation which will help feed them all.

Some people scoff at that. Just like mammoth-hunters probably scoffed at the first humans who collected seeds and planted them in a valley to grow grain for the future. “You’ll never feed your tribe on that,” they may have said. “You have to follow the game, like we’ve done since the beginning.”

There are no more mammoth hunters and no more mammoths. But there are farmers.

Farming is the single greatest technological innovation humanity ever came up with. Without farming, people would have never stayed in one place. They would have never developed growing, healthy, stationary populations. They would have never developed culture. They would never have had time to develop a written language. They would have never had time or the ability to pass those advances on to the next generation. They would have never developed cities, religion, philosophy and all the things which are fundamental to our societies, regardless of where we are in the world.

Farming fish carries on that tradition. Only by using the ocean to farm fish, shellfish and seaweed will we be able to provide enough food for a growing global population.

Are there problems with farming fish? Yes. There are problems and concerns with everything human beings do. But the biggest problem is how poorly and negatively aquaculture has been portrayed in the mass media, particularly salmon farming, which we will likely focus on the most here.

The problem is science, and particularly how people misinterpret it. Sensational, agenda-driven science gets media attention, while moderate and well-researched science gets ignored.

Pardon the pun, but we find that fishy.

We hope this little corner of the blogosphere will help change that, even a little bit, by bringing to light the vast amount of good science which supports aquaculture as a sustainable, good idea.

And before anyone writes us off as biased, we clearly state that we will call BS when we see it, regardless of who publishes it and whether or not it supports our bias. We are no one’s apologist; we’re in it for the science.

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