Areas that participate in aquaculture and salmon ocean farming have taken a traditional natural resource and transformed it into a modern and competitive industry. These entrepreneurial communities play an important role in global economy by providing jobs and income to areas that would otherwise lack such economic potential.
Many of the rural areas in Maine, Chile and Canada were low-income and under-populated before the salmon ocean farming industry opened up new economic horizons. The combination of consistent job opportunities and steady incomes has helped these communities rejuvenate their towns and provide incentive for population retention. Learn More about the impact og aquaculture on Local Economies »
Areas in Maine, Chile and Canada now rely on businesses involved in raising and selling salmon, trout, and other types of seafood. These areas include job opportunities in:
- fish hatcheries
- grow-out operations
- fish health companies
- fish processing operations
Several studies have concluded that aquaculture production is the world’s fastest growing food production industry, and that as wild fish resources decline as a result of habitat destruction, aquaculture will continue to develop as a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the global food supply.
Making Salmon More Accessible
The most desirable species are available year round at prices that are now approximately one half of what they were before salmon farming production became significant. Prices vary much less than when salmon was supplied from wild runs and dependent on seasons, weather and natural cycles. Distributors and retailers can order salmon at short notice at the right time, at the right size and at half the cost.
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