Farmed salmon is genetically modified and contains growth hormones.

Farmed salmon are raised naturally and require no hormones or genetic modification to reach optimal growth.

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Jay says


It is incorrect to say that wild salmon are not sometimes born with extra body parts. The genetic mutations responsible for malformed and replicated body parts are common to all life, including life in the wild.

The reason you don’t see major genetic defects as often in the wild is that wild animals live in an environment where genetic defects have a negative impact on their survivability. If a young wild salmon has a malformed tail or an extra fin, he may swim slower or be more visible than the other salmon are. Thus, predators are likely to catch and eat him while he’s relatively young.

On the farm, however, there is no consequence to having a defect such as a malformed tail or an extra fin. The young farm salmon may also be slower and weaker than his peers, but he has no predators to outrun or hide from. He will survive until a hatchery worker discovers the defect and removes him.

So the difference is that wild animals born with genetic defects rarely survive to adulthood, whereas farm animals survive for as long as we let them.

Note: I do not work for BC Salmon Facts or any organization in the salmon farming industry. I simply wanted to correct the misconception.

Feb 8 2011 7:00 PM

BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Aidan,

Our farm sites are chosen through a thorough research and environmental review process: You can see the site locations on each company's website.

Marine Harvest's sites can be seen here:
Mainstream Canada's sites can be seen here:
A description of Grieg Seafood's sites can be seen here:

Jan 23 2011 6:27 PM

Will says

Farms aren't natural.

Jan 23 2011 11:53 AM

Ben LaBoucane says

Again I say why do workers at the hatcheries have to remove salmon with extra body parts? Thats not happening naturally.

Jan 21 2011 12:58 PM

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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