Environmental Interactions

Explore the interactions between salmon farming and the environment

Photo credit: Olivia Johnson

Environmental interactions describes the relationship between salmon farms and the local environments they inhabit. 
Growing fish in cages where they are in direct contact with the external waterbody has the potential for a number of environmental and ecological interactions. Dissolved and particulate waste products will be lost to the environment and can be a source of nutrients to local flora and fauna. 

Like other infrastructure in our marine and coastal systems, the farm infrastructure may both influence the hydrodynamics and provide habitat for a range of species. 

It is important to understand these interactions (the biology and processes) in order to ensure farming activities are sustainable and that monitoring and management activities are risk appropriate. This is a key element of our research activities.

Click one of the 'interaction' tiles to the right for a more detailed overview of the current understanding of potential interactions between key coastal habitats and salmon farming.

The infographic shown below highlights some of the key relationships we have been working on in the Salmon Interactions Team.
( Click on image to enlarge. )
To find out more about our research and read up on some frequently queried topics, visit our research insights page
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Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and sea upon which we live and work, and their enduring cultures and knowledge of our oceans and coasts.

We recognise that decisions and practices affecting the future of Indigenous education and research are vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and livelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to shaping the Australian society in which we live.
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