Both the wild-caught and farm-raised sides of the salmon debate yield concerns for ecological impact and sustainability. Farmed salmon run the risk of depleting the population of small “feeder” fish that they’re given to eat, which could majorly disrupt the delicate marine ecosystem that those small fish are involved in. Additionally, any chemicals or pesticides meant to keep farmed salmon disease-free could inevitably leach out into open ocean waters, potentially leaving devastating effects on aquatic plant and animal life in the surrounding areas.
However, over-fishing of wild salmon could disrupt not only the amount of native salmon in the area but also the ecosystem in which it thrives. Both fishing and farming require strict regulation and monitoring by knowledgeable ecologists and salmon experts.
So, what's the catch? Is salmon better farmed or wild-caught?
The decision is yours! As a consumer, the best way to hold seafood producers accountable is to demand only high quality fish caught or raised with sustainable practices. The extra time and effort spent researching and supporting sustainable seafood practices is worth it when it results in tastier, more nutritious fish without leaving negative traces on the delicate marine environment.
As for PeachDish meal kits, all the salmon we provide - whether it be smoked, keta or sockeye - is wild-caught by our friends at Wild Salmon Co., which is a family-run business based in Asheville, NC (although the salmon comes from Alaska, caught wild during their annual expeditions!).
Still planning your Fish Friday menu? Try these recipes:
SOCKEYE SALMON WITH RICOTTA PESTO PAPPARDELLE & SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS
WILD-CAUGHT SALMON WITH BROWN BUTTER RADISHES, FRESH GREENS & HONEY DRESSING
SMOKED SALMON FLATBREAD WITH FRESH LEMON, ARTICHOKE & PARMESAN
SOCKEYE SALMON BURGER WITH HERBED MAYO & CUCUMBER-TOMATO SALAD
SALMON CROQUETTES WITH CREAMY DILL SAUCE & FRESH LETTUCES
SOUTHERN SALMON STEW WITH CARROTS, POTATOES & CHIVES