Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Salmon Farming Here To Stay


KINGSTON, R.I., March 9 (UPI) -- U.S. residents are eating four times as much salmon as they were 20 years ago, most of it imported farmed salmon.
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that the value of wild salmon caught in the United States and Canada dropped from $800 million to $300 million between 1980 and 2004, the Providence Journal reported. In 1980, only 2 percent of the salmon sold globally was farmed, which grew to 65 percent in 2004.

"The Great Salmon Run: Competition Between Wild and Farmed Salmon" by Cathy A. Roheim and James Anderson of URI and Gunnar Knapp of the University of Alaska concludes that wild salmon cannot supply the market farmed salmon has created.

Full story Science Daily

It's an important point that's reached when harvesting the wild cannot satisfy the demands of the population. History demostrates that dewindling capture quanities of all wild animals and harvests of wild foods were the main deriving forces that created the need for all types of agriculture.


Anonymous said...

Hi: Now that farmed salmon is classed as "just food" will that affect the price. I have been working for a aquaculture company for 5 year's in New Brunswick i have seen the up's and down's get new fish in and after the harvest the site is cleaned and we get shut down for a year.

From: patrick shelton
Grand Manan island N.B.

Aquaculture said...

I always shell out the extra $2-3/lb for farm raised salmon.