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Wild or Farmed Fish: What's Better?

The Pros and Cons for Your Health and the Planet


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  • Great information. I have tasted both farmed and wild salmon. As far as taste goes, I don't believe that the wild salmon tastes better. I think it is psychological. Especially, after reading an article like this one. It makes one more environmentally and health conscious.
    I actually got "farmed" salmon in an upscale restaurant many years ago. I didn't know it. I just thought it tasted bad and kept sending it back. Finally the waiter told me it was farmed and that sometimes changed the taste. I never buy farmed; not since that time. It tastes better and I believe (right or wrong), it is better overall environmentally, nutritionally...organically!
  • I have lived in Alaska for many years and when farming first began I saw a documentry on Farming vs. Wild. After seeing that I NEVER BUY FARMED!!! The only thing does is pad the pockets of the "farmer". Thank you for an eye opening article so others know what they are in for when buying "farmed fish"

    Lets support wild fishing and our hard working "Wild Fishermen"

    "Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish"
    Today, farmed salmon are being "trained" to live on corn. These salmon are nowhere near as healthy to eat as farmed salmon eating a "normal" diet. Remember, salmon are carnivorous; eating a majority of their food as vegetable matter is not healthy.

    Tilapia, catfish, and trout are fresh-water fish; most other fish sold in food markets are ocean fish. There are different nutrients available to these animals; be aware of that.

    I like the fact this article mentions overfishing. Fish such as orange roughy or Chilean sea bass (actually a toothfish) breed very slowly and are in more danger of overfishing than cod... and we saw what happened to them in the Grand Banks.
  • That was very informative. There are so many benfits to fish that I was never aware of.
  • Very interesting article. I'd rather eat fish than meat, and now I think I'll be more choosy.
  • Thanks, this was very informative..I really like salmon, catfish & now tilapia. I will continue to eat them, but make sure I read the labels first when I buy. I will also try broiling them never tried that I thought it would dry fish out. Thanks again
    Awesome article. Very informative. Thank you for taking the time to educate us.
  • A great read!!! I can't live healthy without my fish. Yum!!!
    Great article. I'm a big seafood fan and would gladly eat it for lunch and dinner every single day if my husband didn't hate it (luckily he works most nights so I am able to have it more often than I would if he were home for dinner!). I do remember reading a study last summer that said farm-raised tilapia is actually BAD for you, because the stuff they feed it converts into fats that can harm the heart more than help it. I was literally devastated, because I adore tilapia, and even now I eat more than I probably should. But since I love salmon and eat that as often as I can I hope that might cancel out some of the damage! Now I think I'm going to make fish for dinner...
  • this answers alot of questions i had, thanx
  • Sorry, I did not read the article closely enough as DH was talking to me and I made a redundant comment.

    Another note for those who are not used to cooking fish. The strong fishy smell you get in the house when cooking fish can be caused be cooking fish at too high a temperature.

    I for one only purchase wild caught, fresh fish if possible. If you are buying local fish, look for fish with a firm flesh (does not leave indentation when poked), eyes should be clear and not cloudy or sunk in. It also helps to give it a smell. If it smells too strong, it is probably not fresh and will have a strong odor when cooking and a strong taste. It may defeat the purpose, but for oily types of fish, it will be milder, if you do not cook with the skin and strip out the really dark flesh that looks more brownish.

    Growing up in Florida, we went fishing frequently. As an adult, I moved to Portsmouth and was thinking, "Wow, more fresh fish!" The first fish market, I visited had mostly fish with cloudy, sunken eyes and the proprieter had the gall to tell me the fish had been caught that morning. He had a store full of customers, and I politely informed him that I grew up in a fishing family and knew that fish with cloudy, sunken eyes had been caught several days ago and definitely were not fresh. Many of his customers walked out with me.
  • I don't recall ever having farm raised salmon, so I can't compare the taste between the wild and farm raised. I have, however, read many articles that say not to eat farm raised salmon.

    From my personal experience I can say that farm raised, grain fed catfish tastes much better than one caught in the wild. The only exception MIGHT be a channel catfish that is caught in local rivers, particularly in the south. The danger with that, however, is that a fisherman usually has no idea of what kind of contaminants might be in that water.

    My family used to live on a river, and we did lots of fishing. Over time the river changed colors, and it was quite obvious that the water had unhealthy "stuff" in it. We still fished for fun, but we no longer ate our catch!
  • Good comment NGSMART1. Another point is that often farmed fishlings can escape (check out fish framing in the Scandinavian countries. They then co-mingle with native fish and spread bacteria and diseases. When they cross breed with native fishes, it also causes harmful changes in the native fish population.

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