Why farm fish and seafood in Canada? Don’t Canadians have access to an abundant supply of wild fish?
The supply of wild fish and shellfish cannot keep up with the rising global demand for fish and seafood. Farmed fish and seafood can supply a fresh, reliable, year-round source of protein. Statistics Canada also reports that Canadians are eating more fish and seafood. Their data indicate that consumption increased by 10 per cent between 1991 and 2003. They speculate that this is likely a reflection of changing demographics, increased ethnic diversity, and a more nutrition-conscious population. Canada is ideally suited for an aquaculture industry. Our strengths include extensive coastlines and healthy, productive marine and freshwater resources, a reputation for quality products, proximity to established and growing markets, an effective and efficient transportation infrastructure, an internationally reputable food inspection system, a skilled workforce and strong management expertise.