The first ethnographic account salmon aquaculture is published. It is the result of ten years of engagement with salmon farming, including on collaborative fieldwork on-and-off salmon farms in West Norway by CAS scholars John Law and Marianne Lien. The book was published in July 2015 by University of California Press.
Aquaculture and the Domestication of a Fish
Description of the book from University of California Press:
"Becoming Salmon is the first ethnographic account of salmon aquaculture, the most recent turn in the human history of animal domestication. In this careful and nuanced study, Marianne Elisabeth Lien explores how the growth of marine domestication has blurred traditional distinctions between fish and animals, recasting farmed fish as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and subject to animal-welfare legislation.
Drawing on fieldwork on and off salmon farms, Lien follows farmed Atlantic salmon through contemporary industrial husbandry, exposing how salmon are bred to be hungry, globally mobile, and “alien” in their watersheds of origin. Attentive to both the economic context of industrial food production and the materiality of human-animal relations, this book highlights the fragile and contingent relational practices that constitute salmon aquaculture and the multiple ways of “becoming salmon” that emerge as a result."
More on salmon
On connections between farmed salmon and Norwegian Red Cattle (Web radio, in Norwegian)
On salmon sentience and human-animal relations (Article in Dagsavisen, in Norwegian)
What the salmon is teaching us (Article in Dagens Næringsliv, PDF, in Norwegian)
Salmon - Norway's most important livestock (Research news, University of Oslo)