In the UK, salmon mortality in factory farms is rising



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In the UK, salmon mortality in factory farms is rising

According to a study done by on the global salmon farming industry and published on the UK magazine Guardian, salmon farming in the UK alone is having dire repercussions. In fact, the study tells us that the mortality of farmed fish is high due to pollution and parasites.

Research tells us that fish mortality has quadrupled since 2002 to around 13.5% in 2019, in Scottish salmon farms alone. The catch is used to produce feed, mainly fish meal and fish oil, of which about 70% goes to fish farms.

The impact on the fish population around the world is dramatic. Many species such as sardines in West Africa are now endangered because they are mainly fished for feed. Countries where salmon farms are concentrated, such as Norway and Scotland, are planning to increase production even further, despite the problems identified by the study.

To raise the alarm on what is happening especially in Scotland, one of the areas of greatest salmon farming is a dossier made by the British newspaper Guardian, which describes how this industry is destroying marine ecosystems.

African elephant threatened by poaching and habitat loss

African elephant is in danger of disappearing completely, as we can read in a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The elephant population of the savannah has declined by more than 60% in the past 50 years.

The continent has just 415,000 elephants who suffer and move in the great plains thus occupying various habitats of sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating their presence in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. "90% of the ivory arrives in Nigeria and ends up financing the jihadist rebels Boko Haram.

This is a real cross-border fight against organized crime and even against terrorism," explained Lee White, minister of water. Benson Okita-Ouma of the IUCN said: "These are very marked downturns. these data are launching a first alarm: if we do not reverse the trend, we risk seeing extinction.

of these animals. If we don't plan land use properly, these animals will continue to be killed indirectly even if we stop poaching and illegal hunting." To indicate the right path there are some reserves where, thanks to careful management, the pachyderm population has stabilized or even grown.

This is the case of the elephants that live in the protected areas of Gabon and the Republic of Congo or the elephants of the savannah that live in the Kavango-Zambezi transfrontier conservation area, spread over the territory of five different countries.