The Environmental Outlook: Sustainable Seafood

A worker sets a net before harvesting salmon in a farm pen near Eastport, Maine.  - AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

A worker sets a net before harvesting salmon in a farm pen near Eastport, Maine.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

The Environmental Outlook: Sustainable Seafood

For this month Environmental Outlook: A growing percentage of fish and seafood sold in markets around the world are being produced on seafood farms. We get an update on challenge of developing large scale sustainable ways to meet the world's demand for seafood.

There’s a very good chance that the fish you order at a restaurant or serve at home was not caught in U.S. waters. About 90 percent of the seafood we consume is imported and much of this is produced on seafood farms. Seafood pens in the ocean and sometimes on land are thought to be the key to developing a sustainable source of seafood, but they raise serious environmental challenges as well. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, we explore new efforts to meet the growing world demand for sustainable seafood.

Guests

John Connelly

president, National Fisheries Institute.

Aaron McNevin

director of aquaculture, World Wildlife Fund; co-author with Claude E. Boyd of Oct 2014 book: "Aquaculture, Resource Use, and the Environment."

Samuel Rauch

deputy assistant administrator for regulatory programs, NOAA Fisheries.

Joel Bourne

contributing writer, National Geographic Magazine; author of "How to Farm a Better Fish," National Geographic, June 2014.

How To Farm A Better Fish

Joel K. Bourne Jr. explored the world's fish farming industry in "How to Farm a Better Fish," which appears in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

To explore photos from Bourne's story, click through the gallery below.

A Look At Fish Farming Around The World

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a report on sustainable seafood last month.

Here are some of their major findings (credit: FAO of the UN).

Fisheries and Aquaculture

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