As I dug and read and conducted research for a project on NW Atlantic and NE Pacific cetaceans, I became even more distressed over how important Salmon are in the ecosystem. A conversation with a person-who-will-remain-anonymous ensued, in which she said, "Don't tell me, I don't want to know. And anyway, there's nothing I can do." I replied, "Yes, there is something you can do. The alternative is bury your head in the sand." As a big Salmon eater, I knew I would not sway her. Instead, I'll do my small part to spread a little knowledge....
Feed: Farm-raised Salmon are fed pellets made from either all or some of these ingredients:
grains, animal byproducts, and fish meal. Before harvesting, the amount of fish meal fed to the pen-raised Salmon is increased from about 30% to 90% to increase the amount of Omega-3. Farmed fishes are being fed wild fishes at the bottom of the food chain that would otherwise be eaten by wild fishes, marine mammals, and sea birds in other parts of the world.
CLICK HERE for FAO information page.
|Photo credit: FAO|
CLICK HERE to read about CARROPHYL (R) a color enhancer.
|Photo credit: K. Ganter|
|Image credit: Dr. George Pararas Carayannis|
CLICK HERE for Times Colonist article.
|A little additive color with your dinner? Photo credit: Guide to Safe Salmon|
|Photo credit: FishWithJD|
CLICK HERE for a podcast and information from NOAA.
|Photo credit: NOAA|
In conclusion, if ignorance is bliss, then knowledge is power. Power to make informed decisions, lifestyle changes, and little changes that do make a big difference.
If you care to pick up a great book on the broader subject, check out "Four Fishes" by Paul Greenberg. Good read.
Cheers and Best Fishes for a fresh New Year!