Atlantic Salmon Federation

Aquaculture Background Resources

Listed below are a selection of Aquaculture documents that provide insight into the impacts aquaculture can have on the marine and freshwater environment, as well as living populations, including those of wild Atlantic salmon.


ASF - Backgrounder of Facts Related to Aquaculture

Jennifer Ford and Ransom Myers - A Global Assessment of Salmon Aquaculture Impacts on Wild Atlantic Salmon
An overview of the impacts on an international scale

The Royal Society of Canada - Sustaining Canada's Marine Biodiversity
Provides in Chapter 6 an overview of aquaculture, and in Chapter 9 a range of the impacts and explains the need for baseline studies.

Decline in Atlantic salmon in an aquaculture-impacted river, the Magaguadavic - See chart

Loss of Adaptation

Jonathan Carr - Loss of adaptation in wild Atlantic salmon in the Magaguadavic River due to interbreeding with escaped farmed Atlantic Salmon

McGinnity and others - Loss of adaption in wild salmon in an Irish river system
This was a major 10-year study documenting the very high impact of aquaculture cross-breeding with wild salmon has on the success of salmon populations

Transfer of European Genese into Magaguadavic salmon

Sea Lice - An ever increasing issue for aquaculture impacts

ASF Backgrounder on Cypermethrin and Sea Lice

Jonathan Carr and Dr. Fred Whoriskey - Sea Lice rates of infestation

Escapes - unpredictable but a major hazard

Dr. Fred Whoriskey, Jonathan Carr and others - Prevalence of Escaped Farmed Salmon in Eastern North America

Dr. Fred Whoriskey and others - The Incidence and Impact of Escaped Farmed Salmon in Nature
A 114-page report on impacts

Governance - Weaknesses in control of the Aquaculture Industry

Newfoundland Auditor General's Report on Aquaculture