Salmon

Sustainable salmon is widely available in Australia and New Zealand. Just look for salmon products with the blue fish tick such as John West and Safcol tinned salmon.

What is salmon?

There are seven known species of Pacific salmon found in North American and Asian waters, and one species of Atlantic salmon, which is mainly farmed. Each species has slightly different characteristics but typically salmon has firm, succulent flesh, and is red to orange in colour. This is from a diet rich in shellfish and high oil content. It is highly valued in the human diet due to its nutritional value, providing essential omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals. 

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Facts about salmon fish

  • The term ‘salmon’ derives from the Latin word ‘salmo,’ which is said to have originated from ‘salire’, which means ‘to leap’. This seems fitting considering salmon can jump up to two metres to cross obstacles in rivers.
  • The scientific name for Pacific salmon is ‘Oncorhynchus’, which derives from the Greek words ‘onkos’ (hook) and ‘rynchos’ (nose). This refers to the ‘kype,’ the hooked jaw that develops in males when they compete for females during mating season.

How do I know if salmon is sustainable?

Salmon carrying the MSC blue fish tick is certified sustainable. MSC labelled salmon comes from a fishery that has been independently certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Companies using the label all along the supply chain have been assessed to ensure products can be traced back to an MSC certified fishery. There are a variety of salmon products carrying the MSC blue fish tick in stores across Australia and New Zealand.

About salmon fishing

Wild Alaskan salmon are harvested by nets (drift and set gillnets, purse seine), trolling and fishwheels. Trolling is fishing by drawing a baited line or lure behind a boat. A fishwheel operates much like a water-powered mill wheel: fish travelling upstream are caught in baskets on the wheel, then transferred into a holding tank.

Is salmon farming sustainable?

According to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, "...salmon farming has been associated with a number of environmental impacts, such as fish escapes, negative impacts on wild salmon, birds and sea mammals, the use of wild fish as an ingredient in feed, the introduction of diseases and parasites, use of antibiotics and the impact of pollution on water quality and the seabed."

Find out more about ASC certified responsibly farmed salmon

Where can I buy sustainable salmon?

MSC blue fish tick label

Look for John West's range of canned and fresh salmon and Safcol tinned salmon with the blue fish tick at supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand.

Salmon recipes

Enjoy these delicious salmon recipes created by top chefs.
Wild one-pan Cajun salmon with zucchini pasta

Wild one-pan Cajun salmon with zucchini pasta

Prep time 15 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Serves 2
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Wild grilled salmon with celeriac and apple remoulade

Wild grilled salmon with celeriac and apple...

Prep time 45 mins
Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4
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Wild salmon fillets with sauce vierge

Wild salmon fillets with sauce vierge

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Serves 4
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