packaged wild salmon vs organic farmed salmon

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Which is better? I live in ireland and the salmon in the supermarkets here is almost invariably farmed, with the exception of really expensive stuff. However, I recently came across Donegal Catch Frozen Atlantic Salmon. It comes in a cardboard box, which immediately put me off, but there are no added ingredients. Is this better than any farmed salmon?

EDIT: turns out it was actually farmed in Norway, despite this not being printed on the box, and pretty much everything that was on the box implying it was wild-caught. I feel silly now



on March 01, 2013
at 11:44 PM

so yeah just looked it up after double checking the fine print on the box, apparently it is farmed in Norway. Thanks for the heads up



on March 01, 2013
at 10:25 PM

@RoryD Here in the States, anything marked "atlantic salmon" is almost certainly farmed. This may not be the case in Ireland, but it's probably why @Travis Culp said what he said.



on March 01, 2013
at 09:36 PM

No its definitely wild caught. Thanks anyway.

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on March 01, 2013
at 08:52 PM

I'm fairly certain that the Atlantic salmon you speak of is farmed as well. I would avoid both.

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on March 01, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Hi. I live in Ireland too. As I understand it, farmed salmon is to be avoided at all costs. Even if it's organic, it could be fed grains which will mess up the fish's o6/o3 balance. I've seen people on paleo forums say there's nothing wrong with frozen produce, the nutrients are still intact etc. I would buy Donegal Catch myself but it's out of my price range. Personally I eat John West canned wild red salmon. I've had Trawlic frozen wild salmon (Lidl, ???2.49 for 2 fillets) but it didn't taste great.

Other option is Nolan's wild smoked Salmon, available from Dunne's (although smoking apparently reduces omega-3 oil content: http://paleohacks.com/questions/179658/smoking-salmon-substantially-reduces-nutrients-and-omega-3-content ).

Here are some articles/threads which may help you:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/salmon-factory-farm-vs-wild/#axzz2MDSBKKbY - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/better-fish-choices/#axzz2MDSBKKbY - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread22307.html


on March 02, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Wild. Only. Ever.


on March 08, 2013
at 03:46 AM

Wild Salmon is definitely preferred. If you can get EVERY SINGLE DETAIL about how the farmed fish was raised, from the food it was fed, where it grew up, the practices that were used to raise the fish... And they're all GOOD - then MAYBE you can consider eating it. But again, WILD is definitely the front runner!

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