Go Wild on your salmon!

August 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm 4 comments

So, you all know you should eating WILD salmon, and NOT farmed Atlantic salmon. Right?


I’m not going to delve into the full story on this post, but if you want more information check out here.

And according to Seafood Watch,

One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise.

Most salmon are farmed in open pens and cages in coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean. Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed salmon can harm wild populations. As a result, all salmon farmed in ocean net pens get an “Avoid” ranking.

Farmed salmon also has higher levels of the toxin PCB, and get their pinkish hue from food with pink food dye. They are also fed grains (um, who ever heard of a fish who ate GRAINS?) and also disgusting leftovers from slaughterhouses. Now, this isn’t every salmon farm, but there is just no way of telling. That’s why I don’t order Atlantic salmon at  restaurants anymore.

But here’s the issue: you know you should be eating your fish (up to 12 ounces a week of low-mercury fish) and getting your healthy omega-3s!

Enter wild salmon. If you like salmon, your best bet is to eat WILD salmon.

And it just so happens that I had the most kick ass salmon last night from the company Henry & Lisa’s. You can check out the website for their story and their other products, but last night I (ok, Matt) made the Wild Alaskan Salmon with Asian Ginger Marinade.

Oh my god, amazing! Super easy to prepare, cook, and NO fishy flavor. Truly superior.

If you live in NYC, you can find their products in smaller retailers pretty much all over. You can type in your zip code and see where their products are carried near you. I bought mine at the Park Slope Food Co-op.

This is definitely going to be a staple in my freezer!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Greg  |  August 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I agree whole heartedly about the sad state of fish farming. In the early 90’s fish farms were promised as the way to make fishing sustainable and environmentally friendly.

    Fish farming could be a productive tool, if the goal was sustainability, or if corporations were required to pay a tax on the amount of damage and waste they cause. But when you seek to maximize short term profit, sustainability isn’t an option.

    My question is, is it really sustainable to eat Wild salmon instead?

    Pacific salmon comes from Alaska where extreme weather conditions has always made it terribly dangerous to catch fish. 60 years ago salmon used to be so numerous and thick that they were caught all and up down the coast of California. But, salmon populations have dried up and an entire generation of fishermen saw their livelihoods disappear due to overfishing.

    • 2. Amanda  |  August 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for the reply, Greg, and you bring up a really great point that I hadn’t thought about. IS it really sustainable to keep eating wild salmon? Seems that from what you say, perhaps not….but if one is going to eat salmon anyway (as most people do not give one fig about sustainable seafood) then in the scheme of things, wild is where it’s at.

  • 3. Lauren Slayton  |  August 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    nothing like some yucky examples to illustrate why we shouldn’t eat something. the diet of farmed salmon is enough to turn me off. Haven’t tried this company, is it sold frozen?

    • 4. Amanda  |  August 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, it’s sold frozen. If you check out the site, you can see what it looks like. You can buy filet with a marinade or just plain filets…I have a major aversion to “fishy” salmon, and this definitely was NOT. Plus I love the story of the company…


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