The Fishing Agency of the Council of Agriculture held a press conference today, Wednesday,May 11. to announce that scientists had successfully bred and raised Atlantic salmon in Taiwan.
The COA believes that the first domestically raised Atlantic Salmon will hit the market two years from now. A spokesman forecast that within 3 years, local producers will be able to replace around 20 percent of imports, and that production should be able to increase to a 50 percent market share in the fifth year.
The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) normally lives in sub-arctic regions in water with an optimum temperature of 6 ~ 16 ℃, while waters around the sub-tropical island of Taiwan have an average temperature of 24 ~ 27 ℃.
Taiwan currently imports around 2 million tonnes of Atlantic Salmon per year at a price of 200-250NTD (USD$6.15-$7.69) per kilogram, and demand for the cold water fish is increasing.
A research and development team from the National Taiwan Ocean University, and the National Kaohsiung Marine University of Science and Technology developed the cold-water aquaculture technology.