By: EatingWell User
I dislike the reference that Atlantic farmed Salmon [is sustainably farmed, making it a "best choice" for the environment].
I am not of the eniromentalist mentality but of a conservation mentality and happen to deal with salmon both in raising and catching.
Farmed Salmon raised for profit does not have as much flavor as wild caught salmon. The reason is what it is fed verses what a wild caught salmon eats in the wild , cretin from plankton and shrimp. That is what naturally makes it's meat pink. Farmed salmon are given food with additives to make their meat pink.
There is also an issue with farmed Salmon's possible escape and infecting wild caught salmon with deseases. When fish of any kind are penned up they are just like chickens penned in small cages that most environmental groups abhor. Basically they don't get to move around as much and the closer contact makes them more subseptable to deseases.
A better answer to encreasing more salmon for human consumption is conservation measures to restore our streams and rivers habitat and preventing polution.
On the Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia coast we augment with hatchery salmon while doing all of the above. Oregon and British Columbia have a volunteer program called Salmon Trout Enhancement Program a non profit program. We work with habitat restoration, Education and Enhancement programs using volunteers. We have a number of hatcheries that are run by volunteers under the ausp