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Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: more speculation than science

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Recently, the salmon aquaculture industry and news outlets have been promoting a new approach to salmon farming called Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), meaning that several marine species are raised in the same operation, such as mussels that eat the waste from salmon raised in open-net pens. This approach allows salmon farm companies to increase and diversify their product sales while using the same open-net cage technology and inputs. This new business approach also comes with claims that it will alleviate the impacts that salmon farms have on the marine environment, even going so far as to claim that problems like sea lice can be controlled. (more…)