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Salmon industry - statistics & facts

World fish production is divided into fishing (capture) and aquaculture. In 2019, approximately 91.3 million metric tons of fish were captured, while 86.5 million metric tons were bred, raised, and farmed through the controlled aquaculture process. Since it started in the 1960s, the farmed salmon industry has grown substantially in the past decades, and today approximately 70% of salmon produced worldwide is farmed. In 2018, more than 2.3 million tons of farmed salmon were produced, in comparison around 930,000 tons of wild salmon were caught.

Leading producers of farmed salmon

The biggest players in the salmon industry are Norway and Chile. Together, they accounted for about 80 percent of total worldwide salmon production. In 2019, the export value of salmon from Chile added up to 4.66 billion U.S. dollars. That year, approximately 888.92 million Canadian dollars' worth of Atlantic salmon was exported from Canada, a decrease from around 971 million Canadian dollars' worth in the previous year. Canada is the fourth largest salmon producer worldwide, behind the UK, Chile, and Norway.

Atlantic salmon market overview

The worldwide sales value of Atlantic salmon nearly tripled its value between the years of 2009 and 2018. During this time, the market price of salmon increased from approximately 3.5 euros per kilogram to 5.8 euros per kilogram. Between 2013 to 2020, the highest value of the salmon price index was 9.10 U.S. dollars per kilogram, and the lowest value was 5.84 U.S. dollars per kilogram in 2014.

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