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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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Thanks for the great information on wild or farmed fish. Good need to know info! Report
Need to incorporate more fish in my diet. Report
Why is no mention of the way the tilapia is raised??? To me this is hugely important information!!!
Tilapia is raised in ponds in China where they ingest their own waste continually! Not my idea of a healthy fish. I see it on the menus of restaurants and it makes me want to puke. Living 90 miles from the coast and near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers gives me access to wild caught fish. I tend to lean toward wild caught cod and halibut, and get my Omega3s from supplements. Report
I am fortunate enough to live in Hawaii and have grown up eating a variety of ocean fishes, and can often get fresh, local caught in my local market. I know a lot of people eat Tilapia, but I grew up calling it the "rubbish" fish because it thrives in water that is less than clean. When I read up on most farming methods, I am even more inclined to stay away from those fish. I may not be getting high Omega 3 fish, but nothing beats the taste of fresh caught, and I am especially fond of Parrot fish (Uhu). Report
Being an Alabama girl from a small town, I am a long way from wild caught salmon and usually can find only frozen or canned fish. I am concerned about the Carbon Monoxide used to give the frozen fish a "fresh" appearance. We have decided as a family to find alternatives for Omega-3 until we can purchase a safer seafood. Report
I would NEVER eat farmed salmon. It is just farmed Atlantic salmon . I'm not big on eating something that is covered in sea lice and swimming in its own excrement. I'm a Sockeye girl. Pacific salmon, caught in my own backyard and cooked on a cedar plank. The only way to eat it. Report
Very informative article and I appreciate your comments also. Report
I will only eat wild salmon. If you have ever been around a fish farm you would not eat the fish. It smells and the sea bed is dead under the farmed fish. Sorry you won't get me eating farmed salmon. Report
I enjoyed the article. It was very informative. I buy wild salmon instead of farmed. I didn't know, until I read the article, that tilapia and catfish are lean fish. We eat both of those every chance we get. I usually stick to one slice of tilapia and catfish but now that I know that they are lean, I think I'll enjoy that "extra" piece. I love to cook it in olive oil with different herbs. Report
I love to eat my fish. I can have fish every day. But what a great article. Report
Great article. When I buy fish, I only spend my money on wild-caught. Fish is a bit more expensive than some other forms of protein, but it's good for us, and I don't mind spending a little more to avoid getting healthier fish are aren't loaded up with antibiotics, etc. Report
Thanks so much for the very informative "Fish" article!! That was really worth the read.

Great write up!! Thanks again,
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Thank you for the great information. When I started SP, I also began reading all the labels on all the food I purchase. For fish, I was shocked to find that so much of the fish in our markets is farmed and raised in China, Vietnam and New Zealand. I personally want to enjoy fish caught closer to home, so I go for wild pacific or none at all. I have a new love for fish, wish I could have my own fish farm! Report
I go 100% by price. I know fish is good for me, and tuna is a good fish. So I buy tuna canned in water (5 oz cans) when they are seriously on sale (55 to 70 cents) When I have enough food, I eat a whole can, otherwise I make it into two meals. Whiting and Swai fish are often on sale - and one fish is dinner for two of us, Each fish always comes to under a dollar when it's on sale. I wish I could think about other considerations - like what's good for the ecology - but I have to worry daily about getting something to eat. So price is all that really matters to me. I only get salmon when I'm not paying for it. (RARE) Report

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