Some people believe we need 3, 5, 7 or even 10 kg of wild forage fish to produce one kg of farmed salmon. This is not correct.
A key aspect in the sustainability of salmon aquaculture is the amount of wild fishmeal and fish oil contained within our feed supplies. In 1990, the wild fish-derived component of feeds could be as high as 80%.
Various opponents to the salmon farming industry claim that the fish used for producing fishmeal, should be used directly for human consumption. While this can be correct for some species, it does not tell the whole story.
Salmon farming is an energy-efficient way of producing meat, particularly when compared to the farming of land-based animals.
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Fish farming is an important part of the solution on how to feed a growing world population. Get the facts on what our salmon eats.
Salmon farming is among the most efficient ways of producing protein-rich food.
Salmon farming has grown from a few thousand tonnes in the early 70's to around 1 300 000 tonnes in 2010.
Before salmon farmers and other aquaculture farmers started using fish oil in their feeds, the fish oil was used for technical purposes.
Fish farming is an important part of the solution on how to feed a growing world population.
The key sustainability issue regarding feed is the sustainable management of wild fisheries.
In the wild, Atlantic salmon have a pink flesh colour that comes from eating crustaceans, mainly small shrimp. These crustaceans contain natural carotenoid pigments that provide precursors to vitamin A and function as antioxidants.