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Farmed Salmon vs. Wild Salmon
The Salmon’s several varieties can be prepared in a wide variety of fish recipes from raw sushi, sashimi and ceviche to more elaborate preparations combining it with different ingredients, herbs and spices. Salmon cooks very quickly and is quite easy to prepare making it perfect for weekend entertaining or last minute get-together with friends. But while you’re thinking about how to cook salmon for the weekend, you should stop a little and start thinking about what happened to the salmon you bought before you saw it in the market instead. It’s a good decision to take especially if you’re trying to cook healthy food recipes for your friends and family.
There is a huge difference between every fishery and each fishing company, but if you understand a little bit more about salmon harvesting practices, you will be able to make educated decisions about what seafood you purchase in the store.
The most major difference between various salmon harvesting practices is that some fish are caught in the wild, while others are farmed. Fish that are caught in the wild are much healthier for people to eat, they are much better for the fish themselves, and much better for the planet as well. Fish that are grown and produced from farming techniques are often living in overcrowded tanks with too many other fish. When the farmed fish are living too closely with other fish, they often get sick from one another and are living in water that is too polluted with fish waste. Clearly, that can create health problems for the people who actually go on to eat that fish when it winds up in the marketplace. Alternatively, fish that come from natural fresh water or salt water environments don't live in the same overcrowded spaces so they do not experience the same high levels of disease that farmed fish do, and people who eat those fish aren't exposed to as many contaminants.
When you are at the grocery store deciding upon which kind of fish you want to eat, you can keep this information in the back of your head in order to make the right choice for you. You will be able to pick up a package of fish and figure out where it came from and how it was produced so you can make informed decisions. With a little bit of knowledge about salmon harvesting practices, you can recognize that naturally caught fish are much better for everyone, and you can avoid purchasing factory farmed fish. By making the right choice at the store, you can help support environmentally friendly fishers and ensure that your health is not affected by diseased fish.
Source: Choose Naturally Caught Over Farmed Fish for the Best Benefits by Allie Moxley, April 2011