There are no nutritional benefits realized from eating farmed salmon.

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

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May 10 2012 8:59 PM

Yur Mum says

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May 9 2012 10:48 AM

BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Torno, farmed salmon is a great healthy option and undergoes extensive testing for its nutritional value and for food safety before it is shipped to our customers.

Studies have shown that wild and farmed salmon are very similar in their nutritional value:

As well, recent research is showing that even though farmed salmon may eat less fish and more vegetables than their wild cousins, farmed salmon can be net producers of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, which is a great use of feed resources and a benefit for human beings who want to eat more healthy protein:

We follow extensive food safety standards and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) procedures at our processing plants. Some salmon farming companies are ISO-certified for Quality Management Systems and for Food Safety. And the Canadian Food Inspection Agency oversees our processing plants.

As well, we regularly do nutritional analyses of our fish which shows that they are healthy sources of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids; Vitamin D, E and B12; and Potassium. There are currently no set standards for how much Omega-3 per day is beneficial, but research shows that one or two meals per week of fish high in this essential oil is a good, healthy choice. If you are looking for advice from experts around seafood consumption, may we suggest,The American Heart Association - and Health Canada -

In addition, The Omega 3 level in a salmon has little to do with whether it’s farmed or wild, but instead with the species of salmon. It really depends on what type of food that salmon eats. Sockeye, Coho, Chum, Pink, Atlantic and Chinook all have different levels of Omega 3. And there’s great news, no matter the species, salmon is one of the best sources of Omega 3s. Generally speaking, Sockeye and Atlantic salmon have the highest levels of Omega 3s per serving (the most common farmed salmon is Atlantic).For more information on Omega 3s in all species (farmed & wild), check out this graphic, referencing a study published in 2008, or watch our short video on the subject

Regarding diet specifically, In our fish feed, we use fishmeal and fish oil from forage fish (Currently our BC fish feed contains 16% fish meal and 13% fish oil), which are near the bottom of the trophic level. Because of our efficient use of these fish, we can take 1.265 kilograms of them and produce one kilogram of salmon (see!/c87f319a08 for the calculation behind this). Whenever they eat one kilogram of farmed salmon, they are in effect eating 1.265 kilograms of low trophic level fish.

Fishmeal and fish oil is sourced from one of the most well-managed fisheries in the entire world, and takes fish not used for human consumption, as well as fish trimmings, and turns them into a good, healthy source of protein. Farms are also more efficient than wild fish, because wild salmon have to expend a lot of energy hunting and avoiding predators. Some estimates suggest a wild salmon consumes 10 times its own weight in smaller fish, and that a bluefin tuna consumes 100 times its own weight (, statistic in print edition).

In the end, eating fish is good for you, and farmed salmon helps provide an excellent source of fresh fish year round.

Nov 21 2011 5:27 PM

TORNO says

I think this "Myth" is a valid post, as I have read about the issue and seen it widely discussed. The general argument is wild salmon feed on a variety of natural wild food whereas farmed salmon are fed less variety and questionable food. The result being wild salmon are stronger, healthier and more nutritious. To me this argument makes sense, and I haven't seen any theories shooting it down.

The "Fact" posted here seems like a really basic answer. How about expanding on it a bit more.

Nov 18 2011 10:01 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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