Are we on the cusp of witnessing one of the most dramatic collapses in recent seafood industry history? We might just be.

Within a matter of days last week, land-based salmon farmers Atlantic Sapphire and AquaBounty both announced they are at a high risk of running out of money, thus jeopardizing each company's ability to continue operating.

The fall of either or both of these companies could send a chill through the investment community.

While the news is significant given the fact these two companies are considered pioneers and leaders in the land-based salmon farming sector, it is not totally unexpected since both companies have been struggling for much of their existence.