Salmon farming is one of the newest and fastest growing types of aquaculture.

BC Salmon Farming Industry Statistics

73,119 tonnes (round weight)

59,939 tonnes (Atlantic Salmon)

Direct & Indirect employment = 4,740

250+ BC companies supply the industry

90% of supplies and services purchased locally

90% of jobs outside Vancouver & Victoria

Where sold = 15% Domestic and 85% Exported

121 tenures (83 operating)


The demand for healthy seafood is increasingly strong, and salmon farmers are helping to meet it with high-quality, fresh products that are available throughout the year.

Within just 20 or-so years, the salmon farming industry in British Columbia has grown to be the province's largest agricultural exporter and an enormous contributor to the economies of coastal communities.

B.C. is the world's fourth largest farmed salmon producing region, after Norway, Chile and the United Kingdom.

Similar farming methods are employed around the world; the vast majority of farmed salmon are reared in seacages during the production growout phase.

Here in BC, as in other places where salmon are farmed, Atlantic salmon are the most common species grown. Atlantics make up a little more than 80% of total farmed salmon production in this province, with the remainder made up of native Pacific salmon species (mainly Chinook and Coho).

One of the big reasons for the success of salmon farming is the high, consistent quality of farmed salmon products. BC farm production allows restaurants, stores and consumers to enjoy fresh salmon products all year round.