Farmed Salmon- Not a Good Choice for You or the Environment
Farmed salmon are raised in factory farms around the world, primarily in Chile, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and British Columbia. Farmed salmon are raised in crowded mesh pens anchored in bays. To help prevent the spread of disease, the fish are fed food pellets containing antibiotics. Farmed salmon are fed more antibiotics per pound than any other livestock in America. In spite of the medicated feed, farmed salmon still contract infections and to make matters worse about 30 percent of the feed is uneaten and enters the marine environment where it has been found to kill natural marine algae. The excrement produced at salmon farms also taints the ocean environment fouling nearby clam beds and other marine habitat. The excrement from one large fish farm in British Columbia equals the sewage of a city of 10,000 people. Native Americans in British Columbia say putrid muck now coats the clam beaches near salmon farms and clams that used to be pearly white have turned dark and foul smelling.
(Information sources: The Oregonian-November 30, 2003-Pacific Northwest Salmon Farms Breed Concern; " Behind that Farmed Salmon Steak," by Beth Zuckerman, in Salmon Nation: People and Fish at the Edge
Wild Alaska Salmon - The Right Choice
Wild Alaska salmon is ethically and environmentally, the correct choice over farmed salmon. And Smoky Bay Fisheries Wild Alaska sockeye salmon is also far superior to farmed salmon, in taste, quality, texture and appearance. The rich, natural red color of our sockeye salmon fillets is a gift from nature, not a dose of synthetic coloring contained in food pellets. Wild Alaska salmon swim freely and feed freely in the remote, pristine waters of the Gulf of Alaska, and contain no antibiotics and no growth hormones. Wild Alaska salmon is also a healthy source of omega- 3 fatty acids and high in antioxidants. Wild Alaska salmon is pure and natural - just as nature meant it to be.