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Wild Salmon Are Dying - Are Fish Farms Responsible?



LONDON - A long-term international study of wild Atlantic salmon has discovered that large numbers of free-ranging salmon are being killed by parasitic sea lice, the BBC has reported. Sea lice, which attach themselves to salmon and then eat their flesh, blood and tissue, were responsible for up to 40 % of the deaths of young wild salmon at sea.

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(Atlantic salmon roaming free - Hans-Petter Fjeld)

Sea lice occur naturally. However, as Der Spiegelreports, in the past 30 years the number of wild Atlantic salmon has fallen by 45 %. According to the study, published by the Royal Society for Biological Sciences, intensive farming of salmon, where sea lice are a common problem, is implicated in the increase of deaths of wild salmon from the parasite.

The joint study, which began in 1996, involved 280,000 individual fish. It was carried out by biologists from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, and Canada.

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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David Craig and Stuart Cunningham

Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

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For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

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