Salmon farms leave waters tainted and devoid of life - 30 Jun 2010  
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A 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 understood.
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. 

Dr. Vester 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 chemicals
that pass into the surrounding waters where they harm our ecosystems and pollute our drinking sources.
Depleting 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.

Fish are 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.