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Wild Salmon vs Farm Raised Salmon

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Due to the scarcity of salmon, people have created farms specifically designed for salmon in order to meet the demand. This new breed of salmon is often referred to as “Farmed Salmon” or “Atlantic Salmon”. Prices between wild and farm-raised salmon can vary as much as 7 dollars per pound. Are these price differences justified?  Here’s how it compares to wild salmon:

wild vs farmed salmon

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  • ClayoquotKid

    While the idea of comparing two healthy and beneficial types of food with the intent of demonizing one to suit the “organic” fad is ridiculous in itself, there are a number of things here that are beyond absurd.
    Firstly, the type of salmon most commonly farmed is not a, “new breed”, it is Salmo salar – Atlantic Salmon. (Completely different species than Pacific Oncorhyncus, ie. Sockeye, Chinook, Coho, Pink, or Chum)
    That being said, the Salmo species is naturally much fattier than its Pacific counterparts – like comparing a beef steak to an elk steak.
    Going down the line there are differences in respective totals measured in a few grams either way, both totals fall well within health guidelines and are excellent sources of nutrients.
    Farmed salmon get vitamin C added to their diet because it helps them grow, being a natural catalyst for many biological functions. (healthy, happy fish = happy farmers)
    Finally, if you’re going to discount omega-3’s because you feel they might be a lesser quality than those found in wild sources – that’s fine, doesn’t mean they’re not good for you though.
    So, if you don’t like farmed salmon I can honestly say (even as a salmon farmer) the world really doesn’t care all that much – just don’t try to demonize it because of that opinion, and claim it is not a nutritious and beneficial dietary choice.

  • ClayoquotKid

    The most commonly farmed salmon is not a, “new breed” – it is Salmo salar, the Atlantic salmon.
    It is a different species than Pacific, or Oncorhyncus (ie. Sockeye, Chinook, Coho, Chum and Pink)
    Comparing any of the two types is like comparing a beef steak to one from an elk – they are different animals.
    To compare the differences in nutrient levels and fat content between farmed and wild salmon serves no purpose other than to villify the former in favour of the ideology of placing “wild” food above cultured – simply a choice based on your opinions, not in science.
    They are both good for you, and they are both healthy additions to anyones diet.
    On that note, vitamin C is added to the diet of farmed salmon because it is good for the fish, giving them additional benefits in order to ensure optimum health and growth.
    Happy fish equal happy farmers, and investing in the wellbeing of animals being raised for consumption is a common practice in responsible husbandry.
    As a salmon farmer, I can honestly say that the world really doesn’t seem to care if some people don’t like farmed fish, they don’t have to buy them.
    What bothers me is when people demonize something they don’t like using misinformation and utlising ridiculous comparisons in an attempt to create the impression that one is “better” than the other.
    As I’ve already stated, both farmed and wild salmon are nutritious and both contain far less contaminants than other common foods.
    There is absolutely no reason beyond personal preference to favour one over the other.

  • Salmon Ranching

    Just wondering what two species of salmon were compared in your chart? There are 6 species of “wild-caught” salmon and more than 3 common “farm-raised” salmon.

  • salmonfarmscience

    The stats for the wild salmon in this graph are for wild Atlantic salmon, which are endangered. This graph is encouraging people to eat an endangered species.