Aquaculture problems: Exotic escapees
Like other introduced species, these escaped farmed species are a serious environmental problem. They cause significant disturbances of natural ecosystems, and threaten local wild species in several ways.
For example, they can compete for food and habitat, displace indigenous species, and interfere with the lifecycles of wild species. If the escaped farmed species have a survival advantage over wild species, they can drive local populations to extinction.
Exotic species can also carry diseases or parasites that can be lethal to native species.
And escaped species that are able to breed with the wild stock can lead to a dilution of the natural gene pool. This can potentially affect the long-term survival and evolution of wild species.