At AquaBounty, we believe that environmentally responsible, science-based fish farming can change the world — improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources, and protecting our precious marine ecosystem.
Reducing Our Dependence on Foraged Fish
AquaBounty continually strives to reduce our reliance on wild forage fish stocks in order to feed our salmon. Research studies have shown that AquAdvantage Salmon require 20-25 percent less feed than other farmed Atlantic salmon on the market today, which translates into less fish meal diverted to grow-out salmon. We are committed to exploring and adopting the latest technological advances in fish nutrition, feed formulation, and feeding systems to minimize waste of this valuable resource and lessen our dependence on wild fish ingredients. Our goal is a “fish-in : fish out” ratio (FIFO) less than 1.0, which we believe is possible by feeding AquAdvantage Salmon with modern feeds in which novel protein ingredients replace fish meal.
Minimizing Our Carbon Footprint
Producing high quality, nutritious farmed salmon while simultaneously minimizing our carbon footprint is an important element of our overall mission. The majority of farmed salmon is produced in floating sea cages located in coastal areas far from consumers. Conventional farmed salmon must be transported thousands of miles by airfreight and truck in order to reach the consumer. AquAdvantage Salmon will be produced on land, close to consumers – dramatically reducing carbon emissions and adverse environmental impacts normally associated with traditional salmon farming. Land based salmon production systems deliver additional environmental benefits in the form of reduced pollution of the marine ecosystem, zero harmful interactions with wild fish species (including disease transmission), and much greater control over the culture environment.
Reducing the US Seafood Deficit
95 percent. That’s the percentage of farmed salmon served in the US that is imported. That is our national salmon deficit. Strict environmental regulations and competition for coastal resources have driven salmon farmers away from the United States. Since 2000, the US industry has declined precipitously.
AquaBounty aims to reverse that trend—and reduce the US seafood deficit—in a way that protects sensitive coastal zones. Like a growing number of environmental advocates, we believe in minimal impact aquaculture—and we believe that AquAdvantage Salmon presents an opportunity to not only revitalize the salmon farming industry in the US, but also to encourage a movement towards a land-based fish farming industry that can reduce the US seafood deficit—a deficit that is now $14 billion and growing.
Sustainability Across the Supply Chain
AquaBounty is constantly striving to improve the sustainability of aquaculture. We’re committed to continuous innovation and the application of green technologies to improve the quality of our products and the health of the environment. Our commitment to innovation runs throughout our supply chain. We have a state-of-the-art water recycling and filtration system at our PEI hatchery that uses a fraction of the water used by conventional operations. We are committed to applying modern science and green technologies to minimize our environmental impact.
The Consumer and Environmental Benefits of Land-Based Aquaculture — FAQ
From reducing pressure on wild salmon stocks, to providing fresher, healthier salmon to restaurateurs, there are many benefits to AquaBounty’s salmon.