Fact Sheet: Potential Risks of Aquaculture Escapes
Improved management practices and innovative equipment designs have dramatically reduced instances of aquaculture escapes.
Fish may escape in weather events like severe storms, from damaged nets, or during harvest operations. However, advances in cage design including stronger net material, improved mooring components, and additions of anti-predator nets have dramatically reduced unintentional escapes. Best management practices including choosing appropriate cage technology for the area, routine inspection, and good maintenance have also aided in the reduction of escapes.