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Apr 9, 2020
No ocean required
Forward-thinking fish farmers are growing world-class salmon in the heart of the Midwest
As the most-consumed type of fish in the United States, salmon is an incredibly important—and uniquely healthy—source of protein. But while wild-caught Pacific salmon remains plentiful in the Northwest, fish farms provide 100 percent of the country’s supply of the long-endangered Atlantic salmon. Located in places like Chile and Norway, these traditional offshore aquaculture businesses grow plenty of fish, but come with their own challenges, from disease and pollution to the high cost of bringing them to market.Yet a new, more environmentally friendly way of salmon production is emerging. Today’s most innovative fish farmers are giving the ocean a pass altogether and raising Atlantic salmon in freshwater tanks miles from the nearest ocean—bringing them closer than ever to consumers. Read the article.