The Real Cost of Fish

The United States is the third largest market for seafood, but only the 15th largest in aquaculture production. The lack of local seafood means we spend excessive amounts to fill demands – in 2015, we imported nearly 330,000 metric tons, and it cost us 2.5 billion dollars. Our exports of fresh and frozen Pacific salmon only resulted in just over 200,000 metric tons, valued at 704.9 million dollars.

  • Pacific salmon is only available during the summer and fall
  • A majority of the costs come from shipping overseas
  • Excessive shipping also results in a higher carbon footprint

$2.5 Billion

$2.5 Billion

2.5 billion dollars = the cost of importing fish to the US in 2015

$704.9 Million

$704.9 Million

704.9 million dollars = how much we exported to other countries

#3

#3

The United States is the 3rd largest seafood market

Shortage by 2030

Shortage by 2030

50-80 million metric ton shortage expected by 2030

Solving the Demands at Home

While aquaculture dates back to ancient times, modern salmon farming in the Puget Sound originated in the 1970s. It’s a cost-effective system that’s also an environmentally secure way to raise high-quality fish and feed our community. And since it’s locally grown, it’s less expensive than imported salmon.

  • An 80-acre farm can produce over 17 metric tons of quality protein annually
  • Salmon farms are similar to land-based farms in regular environmental monitoring
  • Farmers follow strict codes of practice to ensure their fish are healthy, properly contained, and cleared of waste

Aquaculture Brings Prosperity to the Community

Bringing the farm home means more jobs, more investment opportunities, and a renewed tax base. Aquaculture revitalized coastal communities in Maine and Atlantic Canada by creating direct and indirect jobs, supporting small businesses, and stimulating research and innovation.

And there’s still plenty of room for controlled growth here in Washington.

  • Aquaculture generates 8.5 million dollars annually in the Puget Sound in wages and local economy
  • Salmon farms are the most significant revenue generator for the Department of Natural Resources on aquatic lands

$8.5 Million

$8.5 Million

8.5 million dollars of annual impact locally

More Direct Jobs

More Direct Jobs

80 direct full-time jobs in the Puget Sound

More Indirect Jobs

More Indirect Jobs

100 indirect jobs on harvesting boats and processing plants

17 Metric Tons

17 Metric Tons

Only 80 acres produces 17 metric tons of protein