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Should fish oil production be regulated to protect the environment?

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  Tags: health   environment   science   aquaculture   fish oil   omega 3



Background

According to Times Online (UK), the demand for healthy fish oils have put the wild fish population in danger[1].

Times Online writes, "The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are claimed to offer health advantages, from protection against heart disease to assisting brain development. In order to grow properly, however, many fish, including salmon, also need to eat fish rich in the oil. Those fish are caught in the wild."[1]

Should there be more regulation on the production and fishing to protect other wild fish?
 

Arguments For

Yes, there needs to be more protection

Other fish are valuable to the ecosystem.
There needs to be a balance, or people will suffer in the long-run.

Arguments Against

No, nothing needs to be done

The degree of threat is nominal, and we can produce more salmon and other types of fish if the demand grows.

Sources


 1  Healthy eaters putting wild fish stocks at risk Sept 8, 2009 Pope, Frank (Times Online UK)

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1 Voted Yes

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I think we should be careful about how we produce the fish oils. Although it's very difficult to make everyone happy, as there is a cost-and-benefit to almost everything. - thorie (twitter) 0

1 Voted No

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I think regulation would be too expensive. - jennyhooah (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
 
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