International Salmon Farmers Association

Industry Development

Aquaculture, or fish farming is centuries old. Salmon farming began in Norway approximately 40 years ago but it has become an economic driver and social mainstay of coastal and rural communities all over the world – in countries like Canada, the United States, Chile, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Salmon farming currently employs thousands of people, generates billions of dollars into local economies and provides leadership and training opportunities for young people so that they can work and raise families in their home communities. Farmed salmon has also become a staple part of a healthy, nutritious and affordable diet for people of all ages.

Technology
Throughout its development, the salmon farming industry has relied on innovation and technology to overcome challenges and to pursue continuous improvement. This includes improved net pen construction, underwater cameras for feeding and new vessels for moving or treating fish.

Research
The industry maintains a close relationship with universities and science institutions, often working in partnership on projects to better understand fish biology and behaviour, biosecurity and fish health, environmental dynamics, recirculation systems, hatchery culture and ecosystem based farming.

Global Production

Year Tons.
1996 560,000 tons.
1997 700,000 tons.
1998 750,000 tons.
1999 930,000 tons.
2000 1,000,000 tons.
2001 1,200,000 tons.
2002 1,400,000 tons.
2003 1,460,000 tons.
2004 1,539,000 tons.
2005 1,565,000 tons.
2006 1,597,000 tons.
2007 1,702,000 tons.
2008 1,832,000 tons.
2010 1,475,780 tons.

Source: International Salmon Farmers Association