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Asian taste for salmon spurs land-based farms, exciting investors

Companies in Japan and Singapore seek profit in environmentally friendly method

Denmark-based salmon farmer Danish Salmon, owned by Japanese trading house Marubeni and fisheries company Nippon Suisan, annually produces 1,000 tons of Atlantic salmon. (Photo courtesy of Marubeni)

TOKYO -- Land-based salmon farming is increasing across the globe as demand grows for raw servings of the fish, mainly in Asia. And the production method is also attracting money from Japanese trading houses, companies and regional investment funds on a rising tide of environmental concerns over conventional sea-based aquaculture.

Sea farming is facing difficulty in boosting output due to a shortage of suitable locations and regional environmental regulations, including Europe. In its place, land-based farming, which places less burden on the environment, has attracted attention in recent years from trading houses and investment funds seeking business opportunities.

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