Careful Ordering Salmon


I’ve been trying to eat more salmon lately as my cholesterol is inching up. Just a quick heads up. The last two times I have been in a restaurant they have had “Atlantic Salmon” on the menu. Both times I have asked if in fact it was wild caught Atlantic Salmon and both times the waitress has come back and said that it was in fact farm raised. I guess the water they raise them in comes from the Atlantic? Buyer beware. I guess if they don’t say “wild caught”, you need to ask.

16 Responses to “Careful Ordering Salmon”

  1. mboyle1959 Says:

    Max- any good fish recommendations? I’m disappointed that I might have been inadvertently eating a lot of farmed fish.

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  2. Max Prokopy Says:

    Atlantic refers to the species or “breed.” (Just like an Irish Setter can be bred outside of Ireland.) Most wild salmon is likely to be from Alaska, Norway, or Iceland.

    Mike, if you’ve got metal fillings and at being past the time of having more children or structural brain development, I’m not sure mercury is a huge deal. I honestly don’t know for sure, but I haven’t come across anything earth-shattering for middle-age adults. If anyone has, I’d love to read it.

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    Guess I need to try trout.

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  4. Coach, this graphic is really useful http://i.imgur.com/gynWc4X.jpg . Shows a whole bunch of fish on a grid with mercury content on one axis and omega 3 content on the other. Eat towards the upper right. Besides sardines rainbow trout, mackerel, herring, and bluefish look like some of the best common choices.

  5. Melanie Driscoll Says:

    Here’s a seafood Eco-rating chart. I’m not an expert in this field by any means but I hope this is somewhat helpful. http://apps.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1540 and yes. you’ve been had. We’ve all been had. Haven’t we HAD enough? disgusting.

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    That’s a little depressing because I have assumed the past year that I was not eating farm raised fish. I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgable but I think I’ve been had. Anyone have any good suggestions for cold water fish on the east coast ( and please don’t say sardines).

  7. I’m quite certain there is essentially no such thing as ‘wild atlantic’ salmon. Atlantic salmon, in the US at least, is basically synonymous with farmed because there are no US wild fisheries in the atlantic (overfished), so any salmon of the Atlantic variety is almost definitely coming from a farm unless it was imported or you’re friends with a fisherman.

    Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever come across wild salmon in a restaurant, even moderately high to high end ones (probably different on the west coast). If I want wild I pretty much exclusively have to buy my own and cook it.

  8. When I spent a winter living in British Columbia (on the Pacific), most of the salmon sold in grocery stores there was farmed Atlantic salmon. Insanity! That was when I learned the same lesson – if it doesn’t say wild, it isn’t.

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