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.