salmon 101

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So the question is: If you are like most people who prefer to buy wild salmon, do you think you are buying wild salmon when you buy Atlantic salmon? Or do you realize you are actually (most likely) buying farmed salmon?

source: TRD Frameworks, 2010

US WILD SALMON
PRODUCTION

96% ALASKA4% WA, OR, CA

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ATLANTIC SALMON
PRODUCTION

99.8% FARMED .2% WILD

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*based on 10-year averages

ALASKASALMON SPECIES

Alaska salmon is the name for all five species of wild Pacific salmon harvested from Alaska. There are five species of Pacific salmon, and all five are harvested in Alaska.

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KING OR CHINOOK SALMON

Onchorhynchus tschawytscha
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SOCKEYE OR RED SALMON

Onchorhynchus nerka
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COHO OR SILVER SALMON

Onchorhynchus kisutch
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KETA OR CHUM SALMON

Onchorhynchus keta
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PINK SALMON

Onchorhynchus gorbuscha
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There is no fin-fish farming in Alaska, by law. All Alaska salmon is wild.

Nearly all of the wild salmon harvested in North America comes from Alaska.

Some wild Pacific salmon are also harvested in Washington, Oregon, California, and Canada.

ATLANTICSALMON SPECIES

Atlantic salmon is the species of salmon that is native to the Atlantic ocean, but is now critically endangered in the wild.

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ATLANTIC SALMON

Salmo salar

The U.S. outlawed the last commercial Atlantic salmon fishery in 1989, and Canada followed suit in 1990.

Almost all (99.8%) of the Atlantic salmon sold in the world are farmed.

Most of the world’s farmed Atlantic salmon comes from Norway (60%), Chile and Canada.