For every wild salmon caught in the Atlantic, there are estimated to be 48 farmed ones. This salmon farm off the coast of the Shetland Isles is indicative of the dramatic increase in scale the fishing industry has seen in salmon farms over the past decade. Such farming is having an unfortunate effect on the numbers of other wild fish stocks as, according to recent studies, nearly three kilos of feed, comprising anchovies, herring, sardines and mackerel are required to produce a single kilo of salmon.
The striking image by Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn is part of the RGS-IBG’s acclaimed touring exhibition, Britain from the Air, returning to the streets from 12 March with an eight-week residency in Leeds’ Victoria Gardens. Showcasing some of the UK’s most thought-provoking scenery, the exhibition features more than 100 contemporary images in a 24-hour ‘street gallery’.
‘All too often, chasing far-away places, we forget just what beauty we have on our doorstep,’ says Michael Palin, Immediate Past-President of the Society. Following Leeds, the aim is to then take the exhibition to major sites in Cardiff, London and Birmingham.
This story was published in the March 2015 edition of Geographical Magazine