Science & Environment


Seafood is healthy and the world wants more. Too bad that most wild fisheries are overfished and collapsing. Over the last few dec­ades, aquaculture has begun to offer a solution to this difficulty, but it’s not a solution that wins universal acclaim. In New Zealand, the black floats that mark mussel farms (above)—our main form of aqua­culture—are often considered an eyesore and an impediment to our unfettered access to sea and shore. But while locals are apprehensive, government and the industry have an eye to expansion.


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