Could Norwegian salmon feed the world?

We’re fortunate to live where we do – protected by fjords and with lots of the cold, clear water we need to grow our salmon. Seafood has helped make us who we are, but could it also solve challenges we are facing as a global population?

An incredible 17% of the protein people eat already comes from the sea, but demand is set to rise by 40% by 2050. If this happens, we will need a sustainable, reliable protein source for the planet.

By working with the vast the resources of the sea in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious way, we can provide a reliable food source for the world’s growing population.

Amount of global surface divided between land and water

Source: Marine Harvest

Norway's ocean-farmed salmon

World population development graph

For demand

By 2050, the world's population is expected to grow from 2 billion to more than 9 billion. This could mean a 40% increase in the demand for protein - without including increased demand from Africa and Asia where they currently eat smaller amounts of protein per person.

Salmon head

For nutrition

Salmon is a nutritious, high-quality proteni. It's rich in micronutrients, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. Salmon's versatility means that it is enjoyed in a wide variety of cultures - it can be poached, baked, steamed, fried, grilled, smoked or served raw as sashimi.

Amount of food per 100kg feed

For protein

Atlantic salmon has an exceptional feed to protein ratio when compared with chicken, pork and beef. Salmon is cold blooded, so it doesn't need to regulate its body temperature. This means that it can use more of its feed for growth - in fact, salmon produces 57 kg of edible meat for every 100 kg of feed.

Feeding the world

40 %

The estimated increase in the amount of protein the world will need by 2050

17 %

The amount of protein the world currently gets from the sea

1500 litres

Fresh water needed to farm 1kg Atlantic salmon. Producing the same amount of beef requires 14,000 litres

3.1 %

The annual growth in aquaculture

1.7 %

The annual growth of the human population

57 kg

Edible meat produced by salmon per 100kg of feed

68 %

The percentage of salmon that is edible meat (pork 52%, chicken 46%)