Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon

I like the taste of fish - and wild-caught salmon is one of my personal favorites.  However, unless, one seeks out wild-caught salmon, specifically, the salmon one finds at the supermarket or the salmon served in a restaurant will, more often than not, be the farm-raised variety.

When I go to the supermarket I specifically seek out wild-caught salmon.  Wild-caught salmon, unlike farm-raised salmon, has a season.  If the salmon is not in season it is not available.  However, canned sockeye salmon and flash-frozen sockeye salmon are a good alternative when fresh salmon is out of season.  If a package reads "Atlantic Salmon" or "Farm-Raised" I do not buy it.  If I am uncertain I ask.

Wild-caught salmon is nutritious and has a more favorable omega-three profile than farm-raised salmon because wild salmon eat a healthier diet than farm-raised salmon and are not exposed to unnatural foods - such as corn and soy - and dangerous pesticides that are used to combat algae and sea lice in fish farms.

As an added bonus wild-caught salmon is a sustainable protein source because wild-caught salmon, unlike other protein sources, are allowed to live out 95% of their lives in nature as nature intended.

The wild-caught salmon are not harvested until they are at the very end of their lives just as they are preparing to spawn.  After salmon spawn - if they have not been caught by man or eaten by a bear - they die naturally.

Most native adult Pacific salmon feed on small fish, shrimp and squid.  Sockeye salmon, however, essentially vegetarian, eat plankton, and do not accumulate as much mercury as larger ocean fish do.

Because sockeye salmon are small, weighing between 5 - 15 pounds, they cannot be line-caught.

Sockeye salmon is a great choice for a healthy source of sustainable protein.

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