Salmon farming is the most regulated agricultural industry in British Columbia.

David Schmidt, environmental biologist (Quatsino First Nations Economic Development officer) talks government regulations and information availability in the world of farmed salmon.



BC Salmon Facts says

Hello Paul

Fisheries and Oceans Canada completed a feasibility study of closed-containment options for the BC Aquaculture Industry. You can view this study at

In the report it notes that the total land footprint is estimated at 80,900 m2 (8.09 hectares) for one 2,500 t farm. The space used by the building, assuming 30 circular tanks of 15.4 m in diameter and a 40 per cent use of space by the tanks (since additional space is required for tank access, storage, office, etc.), is 13,928 m2. Additional space is required to comply with environmental and building regulations relating to matters like storage, site access, minimum distance to adjacent property, etc.

Based on the FOC example BC salmon farms currently produce 75,000 tonnes annually, so based on a three year cycle to grow salmon, it would require 90 facilities similar to the one noted in the FOC report at a total size of 728 hectares (1798 acres or about 1316 football fields).

Sep 14 2012 11:05 PM

Paul Blondahl says

Good morning BC Salmon!!! Just a quick question. Andrew wants Salmon Farms moved to land. My question is, How much land would be needed to put 1 farm on land? What if we put all farms on land? Last question is for Andrew. What part of the Clayquot Sound should we clear cut to put the farms on land? Just wondering.

Sep 13 2012 7:14 AM

BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Linda, thanks for visiting the site!

Sep 16 2011 5:22 PM

Linda says

I am a fish farmer in Australia and Barramundi are mostly raised in marine sea cages. All good mate!

Sep 16 2011 3:01 AM

Nutrition Environment Economy

Farmed salmon is BC's largest Agri Product and a significant contributor to our local economies.

Farmed salmon is raised naturally. That means no hormones or genetic modification to enhance growth.

Medications are never used preventatively or near harvest time.

Salmon farm information is publicly available and easily accessed.

We take steps to reduce stress on our fish.

In the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic salmon have not taken over rivers forcing out native salmon.

Salmon are incredibly efficient eaters.

Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC's coastal region.

Farmed salmon is the only way we can get fresh salmon year round.

Farmed salmon is a healthy food choice that's available fresh all year round.

Salmon farming is the most regulated agricultural industry in British Columbia.

Salmon farm locations are selected for their low environmental impact.

Atlantic salmon and sockeye salmon differ in colour because they're different species.

Farmed salmon are vaccinated to prevent disease and rarely need additional medications.

We don't dye farmed salmon. The colour comes from an important ingredient in their food.

Farmed salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Farmers work to protect wild salmon from sea lice.

Salmon farming provides real economic and social benefits to First Nations people.

Salmon feed is designed specifically to conserve wild fish stocks.

Farmers work with scientists to maintain fish health.

Farmed salmon are mistreated and are raised in a stressful environment.

Farmed salmon is genetically modified and contains growth hormones.

Salmon farms can be located anywhere, even in environmentally sensitive areas.

Salmon farm information is highly guarded and not available to the public.

Farmed salmon is bad for you.

Sea lice come from farmed salmon and devastate wild salmon stocks.

Farmed salmon consume more food in order to grow than the amount of food they produce for human consumption.

Farmed salmon contain medicines that are harmful for human consumption.

Salmon farmers can do whatever they want and routinely ignore loose government regulations.

Escaped farmed salmon take over local river systems forcing out native wild salmon.

There are no nutritional benefits realized from eating farmed salmon.

The process of salmon farming severely depletes wild fish stocks.

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Jan 12 2014

Kim Lee says

Good to see that the US is takeing aquaculture seriosly. They import a lot of seafood. Aquacutulre is going to be importnat in the future to feed more people healthy foods.

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