The Cost of Trout Fishing

Rainbow trout in clear water

Douglass Thompson, a professor of geology at Connecticut College, argues in this 2015  The New York Times  op-ed that “We are devastating populations of marine species simply to support a freshwater hobby.”

Trout aquaculture is heavily reliant on pellet feed. The federal and state hatchery production of some 28 million pounds of trout per year requires roughly 34 million pounds of feed. These pellets are derived from herring, menhaden and anchovies harvested from oceans in quantities that the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say are unsustainable. We are devastating populations of marine species simply to support a freshwater hobby.

LINK (via: The NY Times)

 

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