Salmon Aquaculture

What are the differences between farmed and wild salmon, and why does it matter?

Salmon in a cage

Most of the world's farmed salmon comes from Scotland, Norway, Chile and British Columbia. In British Columbia, a great controversy has developed over how to utilize salmon and coastal resources. Many of the commercial salmon fishermen and First Nations peoples tend to believe that the fish farms wreak havoc with wild salmon populations as well as coastal ecosystems. Salmon farmers say they have greatly improved their management systems and that they are providing much needed jobs in the area in addition to providing a healthy product high in demand.