HATCHERY TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Bringing experts together from around the globe to expand sustainable land-based US production of Atlantic salmon By: Catherine Frederick and Yonathan Zohar *
In the United States, there is an annual consumption of 493,000 tons of Atlantic salmon. Conservative estimates indicate that over $2 billion of investment is currently committed or planned to develop and construct land-based Atlantic salmon operations in the US. It is clear that there is an urgent need, and an opportunity to promote domestic salmon aquaculture in the country. In response, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant (NOAA-NSG) recently funded the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N), a coordinated, national public-private-federal consortium of experts established to help build capacity for this booming industry.
mericans LOVE salmon. In the United States, we consume 493,000 tons of Atlantic salmon annually. A record 96% of that consumption, 470,000 tons of Atlantic salmon, is imported annually into the US to meet our demands (US-DOC, 2018). These imports account for 20%, or $3.4 billion, of the national seafood trade deficit ($16.8 billion). It is clear that there is an urgent need, and an opportunity to reverse these statistics by promoting domestic salmon aquaculture development in the United States. Indeed, during the last five years, the US has witnessed a major surge of investments in land-based, domestically grown Atlantic salmon, using recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) platforms. Conservative estimates indicate that over $2 billion of investment is currently committed or planned to develop and construct land-based Atlantic salmon operations in the US. Participating states include Florida, Maine, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington, California, Indiana, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia. Hence, we are certainly experiencing an emergence of land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture on a national level. Production outputs range from a few hundred tons in the initial stages followed by staggering increases of up to tens of thousands of tons. A few operations have already begun harvesting and selling fish. Driven by these trends, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant (NOAA-NSG) funded the RecircuFEBRUARY - MARCH 2021