Why Sustainable Aquaculture is the Future of Seafood

Aquaculture is a science that involves all aspects of marine life. A recent study from the UN shows that aquaculture can improve food security and nutrition by increasing the amount of seafood available for people to eat. If done correctly, aquaculture boosts economic growth in coastal and rural areas and increases food production without depleting natural resources.

Alleviate food insecurity

Oceans cover 70% percent of the Earth, while they account for less than 2 percent of human food production. Luckily, the number of sustainable aquaculture farms continues to increase to meet the demands of our growing population. Salmon aquaculture already dominates the top of the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index for 2021. This report found that salmon companies continue to perform better than animal protein producers on risk factors like deforestation, biodiversity and antibiotics.

Economic opportunities.

Aquaculture creates year-round jobs, supports resilient working waterfront and coastal communities and can provide sustainable economic growth. Sustainable aquaculture - like our VÅRLAKS concept - focuses on both protein production and environmental stewardship.
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Health benefits

Not only is seafood delicious, it’s also great for your health. Shellfish and fish – particularly salmon, trout and tuna – are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart and brain. Our bodies are unable to produce omega-3s, which is why they must be obtained through our diet. As sustainable aquaculture expands seafood production, fish is becoming more and more attainable and affordable for the world population, allowing them to include seafood in their diets.

Cultural heritage

We choose to grow our VÅRLAKS salmon in its natural habitat, where various small family-owned salmon farms still grow their salmon in a natural way. By working with these smaller farms, we also prevent them from being out-competed by larger players. As these salmon farms thrive, the supply of local seafood jobs and other revenue streams can also grow.

Efficient food production for a changing environment

Global population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050. Traditional land-based agriculture consumes more than half of all developed land and more than 70% percent of the world’s fresh water resources. There is a great potential to reduce pressure on land-based resources by farming fish in the ocean. At VÅRLAKS we strive