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Taiwanese team succeeds in breeding Atlantic salmon

Staff writer ▼ | May 14, 2016
A team of researchers has succeeded in developing a technique for breeding Atlantic salmon and estimates that it will help meet local demand for the fish within three years.
Atlantic salmon
Asian scientists   Fisheries Agency Director-General Tsay Tzu-yaw:
The announcement was made by Fisheries Agency Director-General Tsay Tzu-yaw, who explained it will take about three years to cultivate brood fish for reproduction, The China Post reported.

For his part, Nan Fan-hua, head of the research team, said 20 per cent of Taiwan's annual demand could be met three years after mass breeding begins, and 50 per cent could be met five years later.

Currently, the annual domestic demand for Atlantic salmon is estimated at TWD 5 billion (USD 153.74 million) and mainly depends on imports.

Over the past three years, the country has imported about 20,000 metric tons of salmon per year.

The domestic market wholesale price of salmon is TWD 200-250 per kilogram, according to Fisheries Agency statistics.

The agency representatives stressed that Atlantic salmon grows best in conditions where the water temperature ranges from 6-16 degrees Celsius. The life cycle of the fish includes the freshwater phases, which vary between one and eight years, and the saltwater phases when they begin the trip to the ocean.

The natural breeding grounds of Atlantic salmon are rivers in Europe, Greenland and on the east coast of North America.

Due to Taiwan's subtropical climate, the average annual temperature of the sea around the island is 24-27 degrees Celsius, Which is deemed unsuitable for breeding Atlantic salmon, which is a cold water fish.