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Farmed salmon is now a staple in diets – but what they eat matters too

  • Salmon is not only tasty but is prized for being low fat and high in rich omega-3 oils.

In recent times, salmon has been a staple of the national diet, so much so that wild salmon has given way to a huge global farmed industry, worth US$15.4 billion.

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Salmon are farmed in net pens suspended from floating collars in the sea.

Like other types of farming, quality varies and the industry has sometimes come in for criticism over the health and welfare of fish.

Given the size of the market, criticisms have included the amount of wild fish it takes to rear one salmon – if you’re eating farmed…

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