Here’s some quick facts about Farmed Salmon. What you choose to eat is a personal decision, but as with many things the facts are not readily apparent. Take a look at some of these points, and consider if this is the type of salmon you want to eat.
- More often than not farmed salmon is raised in cramped cages with little space to move. Sound familiar to low quality cattle or poultry operations?
- The salmon are prone to infection with sea lice and can thus infect wild salmon that swim past their cages. In fact in some parts of the World such as British Columbia, Canada and Norway the population of wild salmon is in decline.
- In British Columbia numbers of wild salmon returning to rivers have dwindled it is felt that farms at the mouth of the rivers are to blame.
- Farmed Salmon are treated with antibiotics and fed unnatural dietary supplements.
- The chemicals used to treat the sea lice can be poisonous and also have a negative effect on the crustacean (crab and lobster for example) population.
- Farmed salmon are artificial colored to prevent their flesh being a dull gray color.
The many salmon farms exist to feed America’s insatiable appetite for salmon. So why not make the switch to choosing wild salmon and support the fisherman who care about the fish and the sustainability of the fisheries.