Ocean-farmed and wild salmon are very different food sources when it comes to taste, texture and cost. Several different types of salmon are produced in the Americas.

Pacific Salmon

There are six different species of Pacific salmon: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, Sockeye, and Steelhead. Salmon farms generally stock Pacific Chinook and Coho species. Pacific species account for all of the wild salmon caught in North America.

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon account for over 95 percent of the ocean-farmed salmon produced, with most of them raised in ocean farms on the Pacific coast of Canada and Chile. Atlantic salmon have high farm survival rates, which can be contributed to the efficient way they convert food to body weight, and their ability to adapt to farming techniques.

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Atlantic Salmon | Illus King Salmon | Illus Chum Salmon | Illus Coho Salmon | Illus Pink Salmon | Illus Sockeye Salmon | Illus


Chinook (King)


Coho (Silver)


Sockeye (Red)

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Benefits of Ocean-Farmed Salmon

Ocean-farmed salmon and wild salmon are able to co-exist within the salmon food production market, and are differentiated by price, taste and texture. Ocean-farmed salmon are neither an economical or environmental threat to wild salmon.

The Healthy Choice

Ocean-farmed salmon, a great source for Omega-3 fatty acids, is also full of high-quality proteins and low in saturated fat. Ocean-farmed salmon is the healthy choice for a healthy lifestyle. For more information, see Salmon: The Healthy Choice »

Full of Flavor

Ocean-farmed salmon has a consistent taste that helps chefs and cooks maintain a particular effect in their cooking. While taste is a very personal thing, ocean-farmed salmon ensures a dependable, delicious and fresh taste for any table.

Check out Salmon of the Americas' website for great recipes.


Salmon ocean farming gives consumers the opportunity to pay lower prices for salmon. Currently, wild salmon cost at least three times the amount ocean-farmed salmon cost. And since wild salmon is seasonal, ocean farming allows consumers to enjoy salmon year-round.


Food safety is an important aspect of why ocean-farmed salmon is so beneficial. Salmon is one of the safest fish for consumption on the market, combining great nutrition and taste with a high degree of food safety. Various food inspection agencies in the United States (the FDA), Canada (the CFIA) and Chile (Sernapesca) continuously monitor salmon production to ensure that the highest quality, safest food reaches consumers. For more information, see Food Safety »


Salmon ocean farming is a safe and eco-friendly answer to the worldwide demand for fresh salmon year-round. The industry goes to great lengths to protect the environment and natural sea life from any farming impacts. For more information, see Ocean Farming »

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