Salmon Aquaculture Review
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office invited NRC to participate in a comprehensive and objective review of the environmental risks associated with salmon farming. As part of an independent scientific review panel, NRC was primarily responsible for evaluating the environmental and ecological concerns raised by escaped farmed salmon including interactions between wild and farmed salmon. NRC focused on six areas, comprising: genetic alteration of wild salmon populations, hybridization between Atlantic and Pacific salmon, colonization of Atlantic salmon, predation on wild salmon by escaped farmed salmon, competition between farmed and wild stocks for space on spawning grounds, and interactions of wild salmon with genetically altered transgenic salmon. Final report is available upon request.