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Paul Nicklen first shot open-water salmon farms in 2001, while on assignment for National Geographic. When he began, the journalist knew little about the intricacies of fish farming, so for the next two years he traveled the world exploring fish farms, diving in the nets day and night, photographing the farmers and their product. Yet, when Nicklen saw the farmed salmon covered in diseases and deformations—and learned that those afflictions are depleting the wild salmon ecosystems—what began as an assignment showing the benefits of farming fish turned into a passion for exposing the disturbing realities of the practice. Nicklen co-founded a nonprofit photography alliance called Sea Legacy, which fights for a number of ocean environmental issues, including the salvation of wild fish populations.
These days Sea Legacy and nonprofit organizations like it have to be careful navigating the tumultuous waters of British Columbia. Salmon farms no longer welcome photographers like Nicklen into their nets like they used to, and he’s not surprised. “To go from 15 years ago when I was just invited to dive inside the pens day and night, to now be served trespassing infractions when we weren’t even on the farm,” Nicklen says. “The things I saw in those farms—I was horrified.”
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One way to shoot the fish farms is via drones, like Nicklen did in the photo above. The laws surrounding the practice are simple in British Columbia: get a certification...
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