RE: NANFA-L-- Catfish wars

Ben Dattilo (
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 23:19:24 -0500

I generally start with questions about environmental quality (and hope that
this covers the rest!) That is why this question interests me - I don't know
enough about it to form an educated opinion. What is the net ecological
impact of fish farming?

I have heard some stink about destroying very diverse coastal wetlands to
make shrimp/prawn farms in South America, and about how growing the wrong
kind of Salmon in Pacific Salmon farms poses a risk of ecological
competition with the native Pacific Salmon. What are the ecological
consequences of growing North American catfish in Dixie or growing
Vietnamese catfish in the Mekong (from the description they sound like very
different operations)? Would fish farming be a sound way to address fishing
pressures on species that are or could potentially be overfished

Jerry Baker Wrote:
It seems strange that both sides seem only able to focus on the
economics of the whole thing. Nobody on either side is talking about
what is good for the United States and what is good for the Vietnamese
in terms of other things like quality of life. Perhaps it is the cult of
the dollar so popular right now.
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