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Aquaculture of Salmo salar is big business and highly contentious. Production has increased dramatically since the 1960s and now dwarfs the wild salmon fisheries (WWF, 2001). Farming salmon to relieve pressure from wild stocks may seem like a good idea but it can have severe environmental consequences. In Britain, salmon farms are established in Scottish sea lochs and in estuaries. Salmon are cultivated in high concentrations, making them susceptible to parasites and disease. The proximity of these farms to wild populations, and the frequency with which cultivated salmon escape, puts the local wild populations at risk, both from the spread of disease and increased competition (Hendry & Cragg-Hine, 2003).
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Last Updated: 03/09/2007