The Wild Salmon Debate

By David Dobbs, March/April 2008

A fresh look at farmed vs. wild.

"This is such a thorough, informative, and valuable--not to mention very well-written--article. Thank you! It is just what I was looking for to get the facts on this matter. Thank you and bless you, David Dobbs. "

This is such a thorough, informative, and valuable--not to mention very well-written--article. Thank you! It is just what I was looking for to get the facts on this matter. Thank you and bless you, David Dobbs.


03/24/2015 - 10:39pm

Great article. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. However, I would like to hear some argument against eating wild caught and the impacts of wild fisheries. For example, if there is a lot of by-catch, and trawling that completely destroys ecosystems on the ocean floor. I too feel like I am running out of food that I feel good about consuming. I've completely stopped buying and eating all meat for this reason.


12/19/2014 - 12:47am

Great article. Salmon is perhaps my favorite food. I'd love to see an update to this article. Did this prediction hold true, "the several river populations of pink salmon that must run the Broughton gauntlet could be 99 percent extinct by 2011"? Have farms improved? Have toxins in farm-raised increased or decreased? Have wild Atlantic populations improved? Thanks!


07/24/2014 - 10:32am

Black Pearl is an amazing farmed salmon. From the UK and not given any anti-biotics, dyes, or other chemicals. It's fed a wild feed (made from things salmon would normally consume in the Northern Atlantic) and it's raised in open ocean pens, so none of that mucky water. Pretty easy on the wallet too.


06/12/2014 - 11:05pm

Eat farmed salmon to save the wild!

Get real there is not enough wild anything, any more, capable of feeding the worlds population. All food grown in large scale operations have some issues. Does anyone eat potatoes, wheat, chicken, pork, beef by any chance? Do your research on how they are produced and what disease issues and treatments are necessary whether it be herbicides,pesticides hormones or antibiotics are necessary to bring them to market.
Our family loves the quality and the price of farmed fresh fish at the markets and I am not scared away by the few who want to control what goes in my mouth or my families. The product would not be on the market if it wasn't safe to eat, the same as the other fish and meat products.As long as the quality is there in the cage reared, I will be a consumer and I continue to save the wild salmon for the ones who prefer that resource.


06/02/2014 - 9:49pm

and now we hear the Japanese nuclear disaster will affect pacific wild salmon, and other fish. How I wish I was born 100 years ago when most food was pure and unadulterated altho limited to choice.


09/12/2013 - 2:49pm

Any updates to this article? Curious about the state of the wild populations in Broughton.

Great article. Seriously bums me out over the $20 in farmed salmon I've got sitting in the fridge - not to mention the big slab of it I just consumed. Ugh. I feel like I'm running out of stuff to eat. God help us all if something isn't done to preserve our food supplies.


04/23/2013 - 10:43pm

RE the cost of wild vs. farmed salmon, I can get almost a pound of wild-caught salmon from TJ's for a little over $7, doesn't exactly break the bank.

Knowing what I now know about farmed salmon, I'll never touch it again, unless and until they implement better practices as outlined in the article. The methods they use now are horrible both for the fish and the consumers. Call me sentimental, but I think quality of life for the fish counts for something.


01/24/2013 - 8:08pm

Brilliant article.
I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge and experience with us.
I agree with your conclusion.
Thank You,


04/27/2012 - 8:21pm

well idk about the salmon but frankly i dont care ethier


12/02/2010 - 1:52pm

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