Salmon has quickly developed into a key player in aquaculture operations across the world, especially in places such as Chile, Canada and Norway. It may be a simple fish however Salmon is one that is enjoyed by many across the globe – in fact its one of the most popular fin-fish.
There is an age old debate over farmed or wild salmon and which is best. In 1996, sales of farmed Salmon overtook that of wild salmon and since then farmed salmon has owned the waves.
Historically Salmon farming generated a bad rap and came under fire from critics who argued that it is harmful to the environment. A main gripe is that open-water net pens can cause pollution, though in recent years due to regulations and an improvement in common practices we see much cleaner farms. True salmon farmers actually care about how they produce their fish and go out of their way to prove to chefs and other buyers, offering tours and answering any questions along the way.
Overall, Salmon farming can be controversial. Producers will argue there is nothing wrong with the way they go about their business, while critics will suggest the work is dangerous for the environment and human health. The reality is, the truth is probably somewhere in between. Most if not all farmed Salmon, is safe to eat and farmed in sustainable, caring ways with little to no impact on the environment.