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September 12, 2008

Salmon: Factory Farm vs. Wild

By Mark Sisson
123 Comments

Wild SalmonLast week I noted in my podcast with Jimmy Moore how expensive genuine wild salmon can cost. Since then, I’ve received a healthy number of emails asking for more info, tips, and the real benefits behind buying “wild.”

What exactly are salmon “farms”? How does the farm setting change the nutritional content of salmon? Is there really that much of a difference? Is farmed salmon even worth buying?

First off, salmon farms of some kind make up about 80% of salmon on the market today. (In the United States, the number is higher – 90% by some estimates.) Thirty percent come from traditional hatcheries, and the remaining 50% are raised in aquaculture or “open pen nets” just off shore. Farms can “raise” up to a million salmon at a time. I’ll throw in a visual.

Salmon Farm

Yup, gets more than a little crowded in there.

Because the farmed salmon are largely confined and fed a steady diet of formulated protein pellets, they’re inevitably fattier. “But isn’t that a good thing?” you might ask. “More omega-3s per serving, right?” The answers are “no” and “not really” to the above. I’ll explain.

Many assessments have found fewer omega-3s per ounce in farmed salmon compared with wild salmon, but we know the farmed stuff also comes with a hefty (not healthy) wallop of other fats including omega-6s. We then deal with the problem that the omega-6s and omega-3s compete for the same receptors in our bodies. Consequently, the “net” omega-3 gain will always be less than what you’ll get with a wild serving. Here’s a nifty chart that compares the fat content of some popular wild versus farmed fish varieties (including salmon) from this PDF.

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

And because the farmed fish are fattier, you’ll get less protein per serving as well.

To truly whet your appetite, I can’t skip the added ingredients you’ll get with a farmed fillet: dioxins, PCBs, fire retardants (those da-n things are everywhere, aren’t they???), pesticides (especially for sea lice), antibiotics, copper sulfate (to take care of algae on the nets), and – oh yeah – canthaxanthin (a dye associated with retinal damage used to make gray farmed fish various shades of “wild” pink).

As for dioxins, PCBs, and fire retardants, they show up in wild varieties as well, but the concentrations are vastly different. Tests have shown that farmed salmon contains 16 times more cancer-linked PCBs than wild salmon. The reason behind this difference? It’s those nasty little protein pellets – nuggets of mostly mashed fish and fish oil. The intense concentration of toxins from the fish feed builds up in the raised salmon over time – from fish farm to your fish dinner. Bon Appétit, by the way!

O.K., so you’re no fan of the farm anymore. To cloud the issue further, a “wild” label may only be telling a half truth. (They’re generally the less expensive “wild” brands offered in your grocery store.) As I described a few months back in Encore on Omegas, many to most “wild” salmon actually spend half their lives in hatcheries before being released. While these quasi-wild fish are a better nutritional deal than fully farmed salmon, they still bear the burdens of early exposure to toxins (dioxin, PCBs, etc.) and a less impressive omega 6:3 ratio.

So, what about truly wild salmon? As suggested, the genuine wild article only accounts for about 20% at most of the harvest. Some of the reasons it’s so darn expensive? The flood of farmed fish (and subsequent drop in asking price) has forced many traditional fishermen/women out of business. Add to this scenario the ongoing destruction of wild salmon populations by aquaculture farms, and we all end up paying a premium for the real thing.

Salmon Farm Sign

Because the farm pens are essentially open, the enormous amount of disease- and parasite- (a.k.a. sea lice – yum!) laden waste is routinely allowed to contaminate the waters around the farm. Add to this environment the megadoses of pesticide-, toxin-, and antibiotic-laced waste, and the farms create a deadly environment for wild stocks that inhabit the areas. For more on the environmental destruction caused by aquaculture farms, check out these resources from the National Geographic, the New York Times, and the L.A. Times.

Your best bet finally is this: buy less salmon in order to afford the real deal. It’s all about bang for your buck after all. A smaller wild fillet will give you equal nutrition with fewer toxins. Additionally, look for Alaskan over Northwestern salmon. And don’t rule out canned salmon for big savings. Apparently, farmed salmon doesn’t can well, which means the majority of canned salmon is wild. (Pink salmon, the most commonly canned variety, doesn’t contain as much good fats as other kinds.) It’s one way to make salmon a more affordable addition to your Primal-style salad!

Finally, if you do choose to eat farmed salmon, the Environmental Working Group (applying EPA health standards) suggests eating no more than one serving of farmed salmon a month.

And, of course, I suggest you ensure a healthy daily dose of omega-3s with a good quality, pure fish oil supplement! (We know: broken record. What can we say?)

Your comments, questions, anecdotes, or additions? I look forward to them!

kuow949, axiepics Flickr Photos (CC)

Further Reading:

On the Problems of Cultivated Fruit

Omega-3 Round Up:

Omega 3 to 6 Ratio

Omega 3 Daily Dose

Omega 3 Food Sources

Cooking Omegas

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Son of Grok
Son of Grok
8 years 6 months ago

Is no food sacred? Eventually it is going to be us being forcefed “Protien pellets”. 1 processed and synthisized pellet contains all the nutrition and nutrients a body needs! FDA approved and supported by the Corn Growers of America and Big Agra. Thank you for the heads-up mark, we just had some expensive salmon for dinner the other night and I don’t know if it was wild or farmed but I will definitely be looking in the future!

Brad
Brad
4 years 10 months ago

Just check out the 1970’s movie Soylent Green with Charlton Heston. That is where we are all headed my friend.

Soylent Green is people!!

nodietneeded
8 years 6 months ago

Hey Mark,
You mentioned eating less but wild salmon than from farms. It makes sense, may a little side tracked question but I’ll ask it anyways. If for any reason wild salmon is out of question, should we avoid eating salmon at all ? or are farm salmons are good alternatives to no salmon?
thanks.

Brian McKinlay
5 years 3 days ago

Farmed salmon aka Pharm salmon is never a good option, not even if wild is not available. The salmon farming industry is pure evil, they are causing more harm to the oceans than you can possibly imagine. I know first hand how wicked they are, I saw them in court recently and I have researched them for a few yrs now. Smoking would be a better option than farmed salmon. The tobacco industry is on the same morality level but they don’t spread death to the oceans.

Dave Hutchinson
Dave Hutchinson
4 years 9 months ago

Now hold on a second…I am in complete agreement that commercial farms…in just about every sense..are bad for us…but if salmon were raised, let’s say in an aquaponic culture…not so many fish actually…but if they had a run per se…thaat might be just the difference needed.

Philip J. Mauch
Philip J. Mauch
3 years 7 months ago

They were also saying that it’s not just where they are raised, but what they are fed. Even being in a culture with a smaller population density, they would still have to be fed a healthy, natural diet in order to have better omega ratios and fat content.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
8 years 6 months ago

Protein pellets made from mashed fish, eh? The salmon equivalent of Soylent Green!

Rodney
Rodney
8 years 6 months ago

I have also read that farmed salmon has to be dyed pink to give it that “healthy” wild glow, since it isn’t eating wild food! What a bargain!

Jim Naylor
Jim Naylor
6 years 11 months ago

Actually they put the coloring in the fish food and the customer can order the shade of pink, orange or red they prefer.

Mark Sisson
8 years 6 months ago
NoDiet, what we are disovering is that there is a continuum of bad to good foods. Grains are on the bad end and grass-fed beef or wild salmon on the good end. I guess farmed salmon is still better than a plate full of mashed potatoes and corn in that regard. Eating PB style is about knowing the variables and making choices based on that knowledge. Yeah, I’ll admit I do eat farmed salmon every once in a blue moon (say, at a restaurant after two nights of steak in a row) but I’ll also double my Omega 3 supplements… Read more »
NoFarmedSalmon
NoFarmedSalmon
6 years 6 months ago
Brawndo, the ubiquitous sports drink in Idiocracy. The idiots even used it to “water” their crops and couldn’t figure out why they wouldn’t grow. Also, you may have mentioned this before but the Omega 6:3 ratio in farmed salmon is so out of whack that your body most likely won’t be able to use the Omega 3 from that portion. My understanding of the enzymatic function of converting Omega 3 to the anti-inflammatory compounds is co-opted when there is a high level of Omega 6 (same enzymatic function converts Omega 6 into INFLAMMATORY compounds). IMHO, farmed salmon is just not… Read more »
Son of Grok
Son of Grok
8 years 6 months ago

Idiocracy? I am a big Mike Judge fan. He grew up here in Albuquerque.

David
David
8 years 6 months ago

Can you tell from the packaging how “wild” the wild salmon is?

With so much doubt in salmon, are other types of fish a better choice?

jim naylor
jim naylor
7 years 1 month ago

By law fish must be labeled wild or farmed. Try frozen wild Alaska sockeye…
it is sooooo good… they have mastered freezing and vacuum packing. It is better than so called “fresh”. “Fresh only means it hasn’t been frozen…. it has been on ice or refridgerated for who knows how long.

Also the chart above lists wild Atlantic Salmon… I don’t think you could find that in any store.

Shweppa
Shweppa
4 years 4 months ago

Salmon in the wild eat microalgae called Haematoccous pluvialis which is a highly regarded antioxidant used in Astaxanthin. This is one of the most efficacious antioxidant supplements known. Always better to use Krill oil for high quality omega 3 supplements vs. fish oil (fish eat krill, so go right to the source)

Healthy oceans
Healthy oceans
4 years 3 months ago

Harvesting krill from our oceans isn’t a good idea for sustainability. We shouldn’t harvest the bottom of the food chain if we catch to much krill suddenly everything in the ocean doesn’t have enough food. If you must have a supplement make it fish oil. Or just eat some salmon, try pink salmon if your on a budget it’s wild, sustainable and affordable!

jim naylor
jim naylor
6 years 11 months ago

I am fairly sure that by law salmon must be labeled wild or farmed. I have heard of label cheating in New York. Farmed salmon will have much more fat (white stripes between the meat layers) than wild.
All salmon from Alaska is wild. Salmon farming is not allowed there.

Charlotte
Charlotte
6 years 11 months ago
No, there aren’t any farms, but keep in mind that there are salmon hatcheries in Alaska. Personally, I think the hatcheries are a great thing (keeps the sports fishermen happy without depleting wild stock, and environmental impact is minimal). I’m familiar with DIPAC’s hatchery in Juneau, my home town. I’m guessing the fish they release into the ocean are considered “quasi wild” but they are released as trout-sized fish and grow in the wild for 3-5 years before returning to the hatchery to spawn. Their coloration is natural and they are NEVER fatty. Not 100% wild, but still nutritious and… Read more »
Jim Naylor
Jim Naylor
6 years 6 months ago

Almost all of the hatchery fish in Alaska are Pink Salmon. Pinks return to spawn when they are two years old. They are the most abundant and cheapest salmon.
The only problem with hatchery fish is that they can put too many fish in the ocean that compete with the wild fish.

Aaron
8 years 6 months ago

Great question, David!

We’ll be sure to address it in a future post.

Kevan
Kevan
8 years 6 months ago

Maybe it’s me, but I find it downright discouraging that it’s so hard to find decent food to eat these days. If you would have told man in the ancient days that it would come to this, he never would have believed it. It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to be wealthy to afford food that some team of food scientists hasn’t tampered with.

🙁

Jim Naylor
Jim Naylor
6 years 11 months ago

I think that driving to the grocery store and finding any kind of food you could possibly think of is a bit easier than hunting and gathering in the wild with sticks and stones. It’s not so hard… it just takes a little home work.

Annemarie - the healing earth angel

Mark, this was my first visit and I was blown away with your research and accuracy. I’ll never look at salmon again the same way again. While softgels might be the only way to go, they give me stomach upset and I can’t take them. Will there ever be a better solution? Thanks for being an earth angel and sharing.

Julia
Julia
7 years 7 months ago

Freeze your fish oil capsules. They will not upset your stomach or give you any nasty burb ups of fish oil.

Jen C.
Jen C.
8 years 6 months ago

I have heard that farmed fish were no where near as healthy as fish found in the wild, not to mention the cruelty of the idea of not allowing for a normal natural life for these fish. I have read that their are a lot of departures if you will from normal physical development as well. I think the sentiment is in the right place but we can perfect these tactics and give the fish a better life.

Brett
Brett
8 years 6 months ago

Mark,

What about other canned fish such as Mackeral and Sardines. Are the canned varities of these fish also wild?

Thanks,

Andrew Barmakian
Andrew Barmakian
5 years 1 month ago

Where do I purchase healthy wild salmon?

Steve
Steve
4 years 6 months ago

There are several retailers in Alaska that specialize in sending wild Alaskan salmon (and other seafood) around the United States. My favorite is Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker in Seward. http://www.captainjacksalaska.com They take the fish as soon as they are caught and fillet, vacuum pack, and freeze them. They usually have a few varieties in stock such as King and Sockeye. Otherwise, if you are shopping in a supermarket and you see Alaskan Salmon you’ll know it is wild because there are no salmon farms in Alaska.

Rob
Rob
3 years 7 months ago

Is Alaskan salmon contaminated by the fukushima accident, I’m wondering…

Aaron
8 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the question, Brett. Check back next week for answers.

Cheers!

Mark L.
8 years 6 months ago

I have questions too about the “Chicken of the Sea” Pink Salmon that I’ve been eating. It seems too good to be true! The 6 oz. foil packet states: “Premium Wild-Caught Alaskan”. I like the taste and it is convenient. And it only costs a couple of bucks. The package also states that a 2 ounce serving provides 245 mg of EPA and DHA. (I eat the whole 6 ounces in my salads.)

Amy
8 years 6 months ago

I love sushi but it’s gotten that I don’t trust what type of fish is offered, so I’ve cut way down on eating it. It’s a shame.

Chris - Zen to Fitness
8 years 6 months ago

Wow amazing research Mark. Really opened my eye’s to what is going on with Farmed Salmon…..I guess it really is worth paying that bit more for farmed organic fish. Thanks for the research and depth of the post, very good article!

Ade
Ade
8 years 6 months ago

Thanks to MDA I’ve been aware of this for a while, appreciate the in depth article though!

At my local supermarket they sell MSC Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets which are absolutely delicious. In fact, I’m having one tonight…can’t wait.

http://www.damestudio.com/
8 months 2 days ago

Diana,Go to the archives of “Organic Gardening” and look up the recipe for “Sun Jam.” It’s fruit, sugar – and lemon. That’s it, and it turns out fresh, bright – and not too thin. Also working with fruit that has tons of natural pectin gives you an extra thick jam – blackberry jam could be used to make sculpture!

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
8 years 6 months ago

Mark L,

Pink salmon is invariably wild and cheap. It’s also likely to be one of the least contaminated with mercury and other toxins due to its lower position on the food chain (compared to larger species like king and atlantic). My research also indicates that its one of the highest in O-3’s.

Son of Grok
Son of Grok
8 years 6 months ago

I was at the butcher just now picking out all of my good WILD fish and grass-fed, hormone free organic meet for the week. I am glad I asked what was wild and what was farm raised. It just so happens that the good salmon we had last week was wild! So I am good to go

Jeff Iversen
8 years 6 months ago

I love fish but it is difficult to find fish that is not farm raised unless you catch it yourself. I saw a segment on TV about farm raised Tilapia that bothered me. The fed them pellets in a long aluminum tank. Many of the fish were eating each others poop too.

Salmon is great but it is soooo expensive! That is why I opt for taking a high quality fish oil on a regular basis.

Which Is Better? Eating Fish Or Taking Fish Oil Capsules?

Doug K
8 years 6 months ago

Trout Unlimited has a campaign running, to encourage people to buy more wild salmon and to ask for wild salmon at the grocery store. The more people know about this, the more we can help wild salmon stocks to recover. The example of the red drum fish recovery in the south, and striped bass in the north, shows what can be done.

Check it out at
http://www.whywild.org

Much of America’s farmed salmon comes from Chile. Not only does it have all the yummy additives you mentioned, but a heavy load of antibiotics as well. Here’s what’s happening in Chile:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/26/america/salmon.php

Tami Link
Tami Link
8 years 4 months ago

I’ve noticed some cans of salmon have a raised stamp on the lid that says “wild caught” whereas other salmon that claims is wild caught only says so on the label. Is there a diffence?

Justin
Justin
7 years 11 months ago

I personally eat Kelley-Clarke Wild Alaskan Canned Pink Salmon (linked here: http://www.icicleseafoods.com/locations/kcs/blacktop/ni_pink.asp

Does anyone have any experience with this brand? The site says wild caught and practically devoid of mercury/other contaminants due to the fish’s short life. I have it every day as part of my big salad and would like to know others thoughts.

Sylvia
Sylvia
7 years 11 months ago

Farmed salmon also spread disease to the wild salmon who are trying to survive. Farmed salmon contribute to the decrease in wild salmon.

Sara
7 years 9 months ago

Totally agree with this article. Farmed salmon will kill a person. Would like to post this article to our website if that is ok? Please let me know – thanks!

Justin
Justin
7 years 8 months ago

I personally eat Kelley-Clarke Wild Alaskan Canned Pink Salmon (linked here: http://www.icicleseafoods.com/locations/kcs/blacktop/ni_pink.asp

Does anyone have any experience with this brand? The site says wild caught and practically devoid of mercury/other contaminants due to the fish’s short life. I have it every day as part of my big salad and would like to know others thoughts.

bill
bill
7 years 7 months ago
Hi I ate salmon {wild} very little farmed salmon, tuna, along with a variety of seafoods in the form of sushi and sashimi for 11 years, as my prime source of protein and omega 3 fatty acid..I got high blood pressure, heart problems, eye problems, heavy legs, gout, thick soles on my feet, red finger and toe nails, twitching eye, loss of eye lash’s, grey hair, and a host of nasty shit like insomnia. I thought eating fish 3-4 times a week raw{sashimi} so it is not cooked in fatty oils etc, was healthy..hahaha. I damn near killed myself and… Read more »
Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 9 months ago

You drink soy milk for omega 3’s???

Lawl.

Amberoni
Amberoni
5 years 22 days ago

Just a side note – nobody ever recommends “excessive” anything, and this site particular recommends informed and smart amounts of ANY food. Also, your hair does not turn color at all. Hair is dead. If you noticed a change in hair color, either 1) you lost the hair of one color and it was replaced with new hair of another color or 2) someone changed your hair color in your sleep. Diet does affect hair color, but your hairs do not change color. Sorry. Pet peeve.

JustMyExperience
JustMyExperience
4 years 3 months ago

I think if you are honest with yourself you will come to the conclusion that your health issues were the result of too many carbs, not eating seafood. How do I know? I had exactly the same experience as you, with the exact same health issues, that have all been resolved by getting off all the carbs.

And soy milk (or ANY non-fermented soy product for that matter) is the exact OPPOSITE of healthy.

Lee
7 years 6 months ago

Bill, always a naysayer somewhere. Actually, that sounds like a bunch of bunk to me

Suzi Brent
Suzi Brent
7 years 4 months ago

Hi – Can you please tell me how I can differentiate between wild and farmed salmon ONCE IT IS COOKED AND ON MY PLATE. I need to know for sure so as not to have to depend on the waitress to tell me. Thanks so much !! Suzi

LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO FOLD YOUR UNDERWEAR

Charlotte
Charlotte
6 years 11 months ago
Once it’s cooked, it’s actually very difficult to tell whether or not it’s farmed. Sometimes you can, and in those cases, you’re looking for an excessive amount of grey/translucent fat or grease. An easier way to tell is by taste. Farmed salmon have a heavier processed taste, almost metallic if you will. Wild salmon tastes tangier without that metallic taste. The difference is very fine, but when you’ve sampled both types, you learn the difference. I grew up fishing for kings in Alaska so I’m very good at telling the difference! Obviously, the easiest method for telling them apart is… Read more »
Brian McKinlay
5 years 3 days ago

The only wild salmon that restaurants serve is Sockeye. Everything else will be farmed. Here’s a good way to know: Sockeye, Pink and Chum salmon are NOT farmed as of 2012. These 3 salmon species are plankton eaters and almost impossible to farm. Restaurants that serve pure wild are proud and will tell you, if they don’t know its farmed.

justin weeks
justin weeks
7 years 2 months ago

doin a project on farmed salmon need some info

jim naylor
jim naylor
7 years 1 month ago
Niyi
Niyi
7 years 2 months ago
Thanks so much for this article and research. Poor me! I had thought farm raised is better in my head and we always do salmon farm raised once a week since for the past 4wks. Thank God I stumbled on the website courtesy of my wife inquisition. Henceforth, I have to request for Wild Alaska Salmon from my local Publix Store or Whole Foods (if I can drive 20miles).. but come to think of it, what’s safe to eat again? Chicken? Beef? or Goat? Maybe! Maybe I should be a vegetarian….or go back to my village and look for real… Read more »
jim naylor
jim naylor
7 years 1 month ago

Go for Frozen Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon fillets. You can’t beat it.

justin weeks
justin weeks
7 years 1 month ago

hey mark need some help with my project its about farmed salmon and the effects on wild salmon and the pros and cons aboit sea farms

qualia
qualia
6 years 11 months ago

how about certified organic farmed salmon? at least here in europe we have some strict standards that guarantee higher quality and less pollution compared to normal farmed salmon. have a look: http://www.organicconsumers.org/Toxic/organic-salmon.cfm

Rob
Rob
3 years 7 months ago

this article says that this canthaxathine dye is prohibited in EU, where it is clearly not:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scan/out81_en.pdf

Sara Pozonsky
6 years 11 months ago

Not sure where/how to get great wild Alaskan salmon? Go online to http://www.SEABEEF.com – always the best – always a premium grade wild Alaskan salmon!

Guarani
Guarani
6 years 11 months ago

It appears that I can only consume wild and perhaps the semi-wild salmon. I thought I was allergic to salmon for years, but suspected that it was the dye in farm raised.

I have since eating a slowly increasing quantity of wild smoked salmon with no ill effect. But, the violence of my bodies previous disagreement prevents me from testing this hypothesis with a farm raised salmon steak.

I’d rather not have my stomach that angry ever again! Any body else have anything like this?

Jim Naylor
Jim Naylor
6 years 11 months ago

Why even consider farmed salmon. Wild may cost a little more but it is far superior.

peter
peter
5 years 9 months ago

The dyes used in salmon are canthaxanthin and astaxanthin – both naturally occurring colours. If you are eating wild salmon that is pink then it has been coloured by these compounds in its natural environment, from shrimp and krill.

Sharon DeLaCruz
6 years 9 months ago

I have eaten yesterday “Wild” Alaskan salmon that I purchased from Costco. I am experiencing hives the size of quarters and painful itchiness. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

Stephane
Stephane
6 years 6 months ago

I’m discouraged.. I don’t think I’ll be eating much of anything anymore..

Gary
Gary
6 years 6 months ago

Stephanie, I know it’s discouraging. So much of our food is either polluted or so processed that you’re actually healthier by not eating it.
But just keep doing your homework like you’re doing by reading Mark’s Apple.

Sara Pozonsky
6 years 6 months ago

Also keep in mind that there literally is no wild ATLANTIC salmon left. The fishery has died out. The only Wild Salmon is from Alaska! Make sure you always ask. If it’s not Alaskan salmon, it’s not wild. We allow no farmed fisheries in Alaska.

Here is a link to some great nutritional information on wild Alaskan seafood: http://www.alaskaseafood.org/health/facts/

Jim Naylor
Jim Naylor
6 years 6 months ago

There is wild salmon on the market from Washington, Oregon, California and Canada.
Russia has wild salmon runs also.

Olivia
Olivia
6 years 5 months ago

Thank you for your reply. I live in Washington and was quite offended by Sara’s comment.

I hope people don’t believe everything they read.

Suvetar
Suvetar
5 years 11 months ago

Also my brother in law goes fishing in high altitude lakes here in Idaho and brings back salmon, catfish and golden trout….all wild.

We do have fish farms of rainbow trout and salmon here in Idaho but would a fish swim up stream for 50+ miles to a lake?

After reading this I’m worried I’m eating a ton of chemicals every week. My diets made up of probably 3 whole salmons a week.

peter
peter
5 years 9 months ago

Sara Pozonsky owns the Wild Alaskan Salmon Company.

Duane Yates
Duane Yates
1 year 6 months ago

The Alaskan salmon is usually NOT wild. It is “ranches”. Raised like in the picture way above, and then released. Fed many antibiotics beforehand. Hatcheries, where a lot wild salmon come from, also use a lot of antibiotics when fish are young.

Sara Pozonsky
6 years 6 months ago
Monterray Bay Seafood WATCH guide lists California and Oregon wild salmon on their AVOID list. Click here: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/content/media/MBA_SeafoodWatch_WestCoastGuide.pdf And another incredibly good article about the consequences of farmed fish escaping into the wild population is here: http://motherjones.com/politics/2001/11/aquacultures-troubled-harvest The problem with Washington salmon is that is very close to fish farms in British Columbia. Even though the Pacific Fishery Management Council has allowed some “wild salmon” fishing in Washington to occur, the fish have still been poisoned by fish that orginated in either California, Oregon and in British Columbia. The WHOLE problem is these evil open cage fish farms! They are… Read more »
peter
peter
5 years 9 months ago
sara dyson
sara dyson
6 years 5 months ago

Wow. I’m amazed at the complete lack of balance in this story and the comments.

Farming fish is going to be an important part of our future, so best get the right info. Farmed or wild, its a heck of a lot better than most other proteins we happily pig out on.

This story was not well researched at all, and smells real fishy-kinda like a paid advertisment for Alaska salmon.

Shame.

Olivia
Olivia
6 years 5 months ago

I agree with you. Anyone who reads this should be sure to do their own research.

SoTM
SoTM
6 years 1 month ago

If it is going to be an important part of our future, maybe we should raise them in a way that the end product is as healthy as the wild one. Same with beef, how could one possibly think that confining animals in their filth and feeding them boatloads of unnatural food and antibiotics could possibly yield a healthy meat?

There is plenty of disinformation out there….I hate to tell you, but this article is not a source of one.

Sara Pozonsky
6 years 5 months ago
Sara, would love to debate that point with you. This is no advertisement – merely the facts of farmed fishing. I am actually offended that you would say that considering the importance of this subject. Farmed fishing is a VERY dangerous practice. The best solution (if you love the taste of farmed fish) is to do on-shore tanks for farmed fish so the pollutants don’t harm our environment – but even still are risking your own health by eating farmed fish that are fed antibiotics and hormones so they don’t get sea lice and can grow huge within a year.… Read more »
peter
peter
5 years 9 months ago

your statements are unqualified and require research. You say farmed fish are fed antibiotics so they don’t get sea lice. First off some fish are farmed in fresh water where they don’t get sea lice – the clue is in the name. How would antibiotics even stop fish getting lice? Lice are parasitic animals not a disease. It is commendable that you are passionate about this subject, but you may get more credibility if you avoid sweeping generalisations and by understanding some of the terms that you use.

Lee
6 years 4 months ago
A debate on my (our) health has no place for radical comments like Sara’s. The entire food supply in America is suspect, and we all have to pay attention to what we are being asked to consume. As a side bar, I was just grumbling about what they have managed to do to our fruits and veggies – they all taste like cardboard. I hope some you you are old enough to remember when peaches were sweet and apples soft and juicy. Whether or not this becomes an “advertisement” for Alaska Salmon, we still have to get the truth out… Read more »
tom
tom
6 years 4 months ago

thanks for that informative article. it just goes to show again, that natural is better.
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Jeff
6 years 4 months ago

Wild Alaskan salmon are the best. I believe it comes from one of the least polluted waters.

Larry B
Larry B
6 years 4 months ago
So many self-annointed experts…. Washington, Oregon,California and Alaska all have a mix of truly wild as well as hatchery reared stocks of salmon. In WA, OR and CA it has been the hatchery reared stocks which have supported their respective commercial fisheries for years. However, due to the risk those hatchery may pose to truly wild (genetically) runs hatchery operations are currently being reviewed with the potential for substantially reduced releases. That will result in fewer returning fish coupled with a push to selective harvest – meaning truly wild fish identified by a lack of fin clipping will have to… Read more »
Sara Pozonsky
6 years 4 months ago

Look – this debate is healthy even though I disagree with some of your points because it gets us talking about a very important subject.

Regardless of our disagreements, I think we all agree that we need to stick to wild salmon NO FARMED. Always ask your server/seafood market where the fish is from and where/when it was caught.

peter
peter
5 years 9 months ago

Regardless of our disagreements, I think we all agree that if I was the owner of the Wild Alaskan Salmon Company I would say that we need to stick to wild salmon NO FARMED. Always ask your server/seafood market where I can get Wild Alaskan Salmon Company fish.

Your statements reveal their objectivity if you state your allegiances and if there is any financial gain to be had by stating them.

Todd
Todd
6 years 3 months ago
We’ve been buying only wild salmon for a while now. We’ve noticed that it is becoming harder to find. Sams club used to sell it, then stopped, then sporadically carried it, then poof, gone. They have this Norwegian ocean farmed in fjords (??) and of course farm raised from chile. Other stores used to sell wild salmon, excellent quality from brunos (coho) really, they have recently stopped carrying too, only farm raised now. Wal Mart sells frozen, wild caught salmon that is caught in the pacific and processed in China, so I am leary of it. If only the agribusinesses… Read more »
shannon
shannon
6 years 1 month ago

‘Some of the reasons it’s so darn expensive? The flood of farmed fish (and subsequent drop in asking price) has forced many traditional fishermen/women out of business.’

Look at a basic supply-demand diagram. High prices are due to limited and difficult supply. If demand is lower for wild salmon (because of consumers substituting farmer fish), that would actually correlate to a lower price.

Arlene
6 years 23 days ago

Being a former Alaskan, I am partial to wild Alaskan salmon, your article sort of cements it in.

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