Global sal­mon farm­ing on the rise – ISFA

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GLOBAL sal­mon pro­duc­tion is in­creas­ing rapidly, both in scope and in the num­ber of jobs it is cre­at­ing, re­ports the in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tion Seafood Nor­way. And it is also con­tin­u­ing to de­velop at a sus­tain­able rate.

Seafood Nor­way cites the lat­est fig­ures from the In­ter­na­tional Sal­mon Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ISFA) which show an an­nual out­put equiv­a­lent to 17.5 bil­lion sal­mon meals, pro­duced by a work­force of 132,000 peo­ple in coastal com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

ISFA has re­cently launched a new re­port en­ti­tled Sus­tain­ing Com­mu­ni­ties and Feed­ing in con­nec­tion with the World Day of the Sea.

ISFA pres­i­dent Trond David­sen said: ‘There is no doubt that world sal­mon pro­duc­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant.

‘This re­port gives us the op­por­tu­nity to point out the role of sal­mon pro­duc­tion in the de­bate around a sus­tain­able sea. The num­ber of aqua­cul­ture grow­ers in­creases in a world where the ocean is still be­ing pointed out as an im­por­tant source of food pro­duc­tion. Sal­mon pro­duc­tion gives min­i­mal foot­print.’

The re­port shows that aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­ers gen­er­ate 17.5 bil­lion meals a year from just 0.00008 per cent of the world’s oceans. In ad­di­tion, the an­nual value of pro­duc­tion is over $15 bil­lion.

David­sen said that whether you eat sal­mon smoked, grilled or in sushi, it is most likely to have been pro­duced by an ISFA mem­ber.

The re­port points to de­vel­op­ments in aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion in re­cent years, as well as the chal­lenges posed by an ever in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and the need for new, in­no­va­tive meth­ods to pro­duce food.

ISFA launched its first global re­port in 2015, which that year showed an an­nual out­put of 14.8 bil­lion meals and a value of $10 bil­lion. Since then the num­ber of jobs in the in­dus­try has risen by more than 10,000.

Above: Sal­mon farm, Nor­way

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