Salmon

Salmon is the common name for several species of ray-finned fish in the family Salmonidae. Salmon are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.

Salmon is a popular food. Classified as an oily fish, salmon is considered to be healthy due to the fish’s high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content.

Salmon are intensively farmed in many parts of the world. Salmon aquaculture is a major contributor to the world production of farmed fish, representing about US$10 billion annually. Salmon farming is significant in Chile, Norway, Scotland, Canada and the Faroe Islands; it is the source for most salmon consumed in the United States and Europe. Atlantic salmon are also, in very small volumes, farmed in Russia and the island of Tasmania, Australia.

Knepp, Timothy

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