Mowi: record quarter. Grieg Seafood: record quarter. Even those salmon farmers that couldn't crow about new highs turned in huge earnings in the second quarter -- the likes of which few segments of the broader seafood industry have seen.

You can forgive buyers of farmed salmon for being bitter about the figures and for continuing to sound the alarm about the impact high salmon prices could have on consumption and indeed on the industry itself.

The stunning amount of earnings salmon farming companies took home in the second quarter is an impressive show of demand for seafood overall, and an even more impressive show of how salmon farming is, at least for now, far and away the driving force in the Western world's seafood industry.