NA Atlantic Salmon

The NA Atlantic Salmon is one of the species of ray-finned fish that belong to the Salmonid family. Breeding Insight works with two species of salmonids (trout and salmon). Salmon can be found in the northern Atlantic ocean and rivers. They change colors and appearance when they return to rivers to spawn. Salmon is popular in many cultures and can be found in numerous different dishes.

Research for Atlantic salmon takes place at the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center where the laboratory of Sam May focuses on using genomic selection to improve health and production traits.

Research at the USDA-ARS Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Hagerman, Idaho develops genotyping platforms for improved pedigree analysis and breeding performance.

At the National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center in Franklin, ME., animal care-taker, Chris Introne holds one of the high breeding value Atlantic salmon males being used as part of the selective breeding program prior to milt (sperm) striping. Jim Pattiz (d4787-1)

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