The Increasing Need for Fish

Currently, one in five people on Earth relies on fish as their primary source of protein. Over the next thirty years, that number is going to rise. With our population quickly outpacing food production, the world will experience a seafood shortage of 50 to 80 million tons by the end of the next decade. And by 2050, we’ll see even more changes:

  • Animal protein consumption will increase by 73 percent
  • Farmable land will per person becomes half of what it was in 1970
  • The world’s food supply will need to double

2 Billion People

2 Billion People

Global population set to grow by 2 billion people over the next 30 years

1 in 5 People

1 in 5 People

1 in 5 people rely on fish as their primary protein source

2056

2056

World fisheries are over-exploited and will run out of fish by 2056

2030

2030

We’ll experience a global seafood shortage of 50 to 80 million tons by 2030

Meeting the Demand with Fish Farming

Aquaculture is a responsible method for providing the planet with seafood – it’s already supplying more than half of what we consume. It’s a system that is more productive and also takes the pressure off wild stocks and prevents overfishing. And as technology improves, aquaculture’s sustainability will increase as well.

  • Farmed salmon provides nearly 15 billion meals per year worldwide
  • Over 50 percent all seafood produced in the world comes from aquaculture
  • Salmon farming in Washington produces 17 metric tons of protein per year

A Smarter Plan for Feeding the Planet

Aquaculture allows for more quality seafood production with less strain on land and resources. Ecologically-minded consumers already support local Washington producers of fresh, healthy, low-energy and low-water-intensive protein throughout the state. The numbers don’t lie – fish just need less to produce more.

  • More farmed fish is produced in the world than beef
  • It only takes 1 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of salmon, compared to the 2:1 ratio for chicken or 10:1 for beef
  • Washington’s 17 metric tons generated on only 80 acres

Less Feed

Less Feed

Salmon require significantly less feed than chicken or beef

17 Million Tons

17 Million Tons

Washington produces 17 metric tons of protein through aquaculture

80 Acres

80 Acres

It takes only 80 acres to provide 17 metric tons of protein

15 Billion Meals

15 Billion Meals

That's 15 billion meals per year worldwide

A Sustainable Responsible Solution

As a 30-year industry in Washington, salmon farming remains consistent with our state’s values of sustainability. We can grow to meet the demands for healthy and affordable seafood.