Don’t farms pollute local waterways?
Wegmans seeks out farms that employ best practices to minimize impact on the surrounding environment. For example, in open water, the placement of nets in productive currents is an important consideration at responsible farms. In addition, it is a prudent practice to be sure you’re not overfeeding (and consequently leaving too much feed in the water). And finally, when fish are harvested, the nets lie dormant (with no fish) for a period of months to allow the organic debris (fish waste and excess feed) to degrade and the ocean floor to recover. If the farm uses inland ponds (rather than open-water nets), the ponds are drained (and the water filtered), cleaned, and air-dried before water is added for the next season.