Salmon Farming: The Bigger Picture

They have been tucked away in the bays and fiords along the vast B.C. marine coastline for almost 30 years. Over time salmon farming, part of B.C.’s aquaculture industry, has quietly become the province's largest agricultural export.

Learn more about the industry that now contributes over $1.1-Billion annually into B.C.’s economy and provides thousands of steady, year-round jobs in coastal communities – which pay 30% more than the average median income in B.C.

Growing the World's Best Fish

B.C. Farm-Raised Salmon is the right choice for sustainability, food security, and our oceans.

By 2020, B.C. aims to be the first region in the world to be certified by ‘Gold Standard’ environmental programs, which includes having all farm-raised Atlantic salmon certified to the standards set out by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Currently, less than five per cent of the world’s salmon farms have met this stringent standard. B.C. is already home to North America’s only producer of Organic Chinook salmon.

The world is in the midst of a ‘blue revolution’ where the demand for farmed seafood is growing alongside the global population. With wild fisheries around the globe already over-fished, farm-raised salmon is a sustainable solution to meet the increasing demand for lean, heart-healthy proteins. With a three-pronged approach to sustainability - environmental, social and economic - salmon farmers in B.C. discuss areas of public interest in their Sustainability Progress Report.

Natural, Nutritious, Affordable Salmon


B.C. farm-raised salmon is available fresh 365 days a year. Easy to prepare and delicious, B.C. coast fresh salmon packs in protein, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium – all of which are vital to a healthy balanced diet.

B.C. farm-raised salmon is a popular and sustainable way to enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of one of the fish recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Hormones and genetic modifications are never used to enhance growth in B.C.’s farm-raised salmon. Salmon is a lean protein, low in saturated fats, and is an excellent choice for a healthy lifestyle.

Building Coastal Communities

BC Salmon Farmers commit to growing B.C.’S coastal economy by creating lasting equitable partnerships with first nations.

As the industry looks to sustainably and responsibly grow, it looks to do so with the support and partnership of the First Nations whose traditional territory they seek to operate in. Currently, B.C. salmon farmers are partnering with coastal First Nations on 17 economic and social partnerships. B.C. salmon farmers commit to creating lasting equitable partnerships with First Nations.

The BC Salmon Farmers Association is 40 members strong, including farming companies, processing companies, salmon feed companies and service and supply companies. Thousands of stable jobs result from salmon farming in communities up and down B.C.’s coast and there is potential for many more.

Research & Innovation

The BC Salmon Farmers Association will continue to lead on projects of major social and scientific value.

B.C. salmon farmers have been leaders in marine research for years, investing to learn more about the environment in which we operate. The Association endorsed the recommendations in the federal government’s Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, including the call for more research on the marine environment.

Following the Commission’s report, BCSFA initiated a workshop series to engage the top minds in B.C. and Canada to help identify and advance priority research projects. The workshops are engaging scientists, fisheries experts, fish health specialists, academics, conservationists, and government to discuss risk, review research, and identify knowledge gaps.