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Salmo domesticus is farm of domesticated salmon that we wild salmon generations before. Originally Salmo domesticus was an experiement created by Gjedrem and his thesis advisor Harald Skjervold, to help the declining population of Atlantic salmon. They modeled their fish farm from two Norwegian brothers named Sivert and Ove Grontvedt. The to brothers experimented with salmon by catching juveniles and raising them in nets suspended in clear water. Since salmon are adaptable fish with their eggs being large, juvenile salmon would feed off their oily yolk after hatching. By keeping large predators away, feeding the salmon herring after they would grow in size, and trial an error the Grontvedt brothers would finally have a steady growth of salmon. Since Gjedrem and Harald were modeling their salmon farm after the Grontvedt brothers, they would choose different fish with particular traits to keep and raise. With still a vast amounts of wild salmon, Gjedrem and Harald would pull salmon from 40 different streams and raise them with the understanding that salmon would grow faster. With the cross breeding after generations and generations of salmon, the growth rate of those farmed salmon doubled. The end result there are now millions of those fish around the globe. Though domestication and cross breeding of salmon is beneficial to keep the salmon species to live, I believe that it has adverse reactions. We created Salmo domesticus to keep the salmon species from dying out, but since cross breeding salmon and the demand for salmon is high the identity of true wild salmon themselves are dying out. Since “wild” salmon are fish that lay millions of eggs with maybe half of them hatching, raising them would make the true meaning of “wild” obsolete.

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