Krill Trawler in Antarctica Image credit: Flavio Gasperini

Industrial production of salmon comes at a significant price for the planet.

Feedlot Atlantic salmon are fed wild-caught fish from low-income nations that can ill-afford to lose the protein. Despite declining stocks, research suggests 90 per cent of wild fish used in fishmeal could have been a primary food source for local consumption. Worldwide, between 15-18 million tonnes of wild fish are used for farmed seafood.
Antarctic krill is now being harvested for feed despite scientific concerns for this “keystone” species.
The origin of soy used in salmon feed is not properly traced— much is believed to originate in cleared Amazon forests.
The industry’s carbon footprint is deliberately underestimated, failing to include the entire production chain from feed supplies to table.