About Salmon Farming

Salmon farming began in British Columbia several decades ago and has grown to become BC’s largest agricultural export. In 2013, British Columbia’s aquaculture sector generated $655 million with nearly 5000 direct and indirect jobs — and the industry continues to grow.

Along with its direct economic impact from sales of its product, aquaculture supports local communities, and has an indirect economic impact through business partnerships with suppliers and service providers.

Salmon farming is also unique in its work with First Nations communities, through partnership agreements and workforce training. As of 2014, nearly 20% of the workforces of the top four salmon farming companies are aboriginal persons.

Salmon farming has come a long way from its humble beginnings in BC. New ideas and innovation is at the heart of salmon farming. Grieg Seafood and other salmon producers are constantly researching and looking to implement new technologies and improve farming practices that will enhance our work, help the communities in which we operate, and ensure BC is a leader in sustainable aquaculture practices.


  •  In the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic salmon have not taken over rivers forcing out native salmon.
  •  Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC's coastal region.
  •  Medications are never used preventatively or near harvest time.
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