“Approximately three billion people in the world rely on both wild-caught and farmed seafood as their primary source of protein.” WWF Sustainable Seafood (link below)
Here in British Columbia our aquaculture industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the last 60 years. There have been many learning curves over the decades but thankfully by the 1990s and continuing today, the salmon aquaculture industry has adaptively managed its operations and is constantly striving to use the most current and proven technology to produce healthy, sustainable salmon. (Read more in the link below to Positive Aquaculture Awareness)
What affects one affects all in this global village we live in today. Without aquaculture we would have a serious problem in feeding our populations. With countries like Canada leading the way, aquaculture provides a healthy seafood for domestic markets, as well as growing exports to countries that are seeing a rise in household income.
In the year 2016, BC’s salmon farming alone supplied 92,800 Metric Tonnes of farmed salmon which resulted in over $1.5-billion towards the B.C. economy.
The main species of shellfish farmed commercially in BC are clams, geoducks, mussels, oysters and scallops.