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Ted Danson Sets the Record Straight on Farmed Salmon

Farmed salmon are not a sustainable seafood alternative. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Last week we wrote about the Washington Post’s misleading article on farmed salmon. Since then, Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless teamed up with actor and ocean activist Ted Danson to set the record straight in an editorial for the Huffington Post.


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The Washington Post is Wrong About Farmed Salmon

Parasitic sea lice from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish nearby. (Photo: Pure Salmon Campaign )

Today the Washington Post ran an article in their Food section lauding advances in the salmon farming industry. Their message? Farmed salmon are a good choice.

We’re here to set the record straight: farmed salmon are not a sustainable seafood choice, and they’re not good for the oceans. If you want to be a responsible seafood eater, therefore, you should not eat farmed salmon.


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Target Nixes Farmed Salmon

Offshore salmon pens in Chile. © Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

In a blow to the salmon aquaculture industry, on Tuesday Target announced it will stop selling farmed salmon in favor of more environmentally sustainable wild-caught salmon in its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood sections.

With its announcement, Target -- the second largest retailer in the country behind Wal-Mart -- raises the profile of the slew of problems associated with farming one of the most popular seafood species.

In case you need a refresher on why farmed salmon is so deleterious to the environment and potentially public health, check out this post I wrote back in 2008.

In the U.S. Oceana is working to protect wild Pacific salmon, and in Chile, we are working to reduce the use of antibiotics in the industry, reduce salmon escapes and establish a marine protected area in Patagonia to defend its pristine ecosystems from the industry's southern push.


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