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The Problem with Eating Farmed Fish

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I have to admit this commentary is biased, prejudiced; not in favor of eating farmed fish so much as in KNOWING who, what, where, and how the fish is farmed. Who raises this fish? What are they feeding their fish? Where and in what manner do they farm? Who determines what is fed and How are fish raised? So many questions, so much information, and such a challenge: What to buy?

Eric’s Fresh Fish Markets primarily sells Wild caught fish from our hemisphere. Much of what we carry varies weekly and season to season, as well as locale to locale. B/c we share a commitment w/ Inland Seafood to the environment and providing sustainable fish, nothing comes from over-fished sources or areas. For example; none of the Red Snapper comes from the Atlantic. Most comes from various areas in the Gulf, Central and South America.

Responsible fish farming is what we need to support, and discovering specific fisheries which follow healthy and sustainable practices promotes eating well but nurtures the future of eating healthy, fresh fish. A simple Google search, "the problem with eating farmed fish", opens a huge can of worms: 76 MILLION results in 0.29 seconds! That's a TON or two of articles, links, blogs, stories, and opinions! One site promotes healthy foods, belongs to an MD, another CNN news link posits the question: Is farmed fish as healthy as wild? Still another promotes, You are what your fish eat! The head reels . . .

EVERYBODY has an opinion about farmed fish. Some are valid, way too many are simply knee-jerk reactions. The solution is quite simple:


 We offer three farmed alternatives: a. Scottish Farmed Salmon (recently recognized as the Best Farmed Salmon in the World), b.Regal Farms Tilapia (aka Rain Forest Tilapia sourced from Bradenton, Florida, raised in a large Honduran lake, and c. Carolina Mountain Trout provides an exceptional local Rainbow Trout from nearby Andrews, NC, regulated by the North Carolina State Agricultural Commission.

Norma and I eat the same fish you purchase each week from Eric’s Fresh Fish Markets. We care about our bodies and strive to eat healthy. I opened the Fish Market b/c we wanted to eat healthier. Fresh Fish is a major contributor to any healthy diet.

  • Fresh Salmon, everybody's favorite! In addition to providing Wild Alaskan Salmon varieties, we’ve discovered the incredibly delicious Ocean-Farmed Salmon from Scottish Sea Farms. Scottish Salmon is grown in the pure waters of the west coast of Scotland and the northern isles of Shetland, where the wild currents of the North Atlantic Ocean create ideal conditions for rearing a first-class quality product. Scottish Quality Salmon is a delicious, highly nutritious food and an excellent source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin A, and a range of B vitamins, as well as the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc, all of which are vital ingredients for a healthy balanced diet.
Regal Springs Rain Forest Tilapia. (click here) A sustainable aquaculture success story: Regal Farms Tilapia in Honduras (click here). Consistent taste, size, quality and price have made Rain Forest Tilapia a customer favorite in Eric's Fresh Fish Market. Farm-raised in freshwater lakes and reservoirs fed by pure mountain rainwater, Regal Springs Tilapia offers a consistently mild, but slightly sweet flavor. Delicious grilled, baked, sautéed, broiled or poached, Tilapia accepts sauces well and can be used in recipes calling for Snapper, Dover Sole, Cod, Haddock, Pompano, Flounder, Sea Bass, even Orange Roughy. The Nutritional Facts speak for themselves: A 3-oz serving of Tilapia contains up to 100 mg of omega-3. While other fatty fish may contain higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, Tilapia is still a better choice for Omega-3 than pork, poultry, or beef. Regal is HACCP certified, adheres to strict safety and quality standards; their Tilapia contains no antibiotics, no preservatives, and no growth hormones. Click Here for some Delicious Recipes!

  • Carolina Rainbow Trout! Each week, you'll discover Locally raised Fresh Rainbow Trout Fillets. Dressed Rainbow Trout can be ordered in advance. This delicious Regional favorite is farm-raised up the road in Andrews, N.C. by Carolina Mt. Trout, a fishery affiliated with the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension in Raleigh. Rainbow trout is an excellent meat group choice because it is lower in fat and calories than some foods from the meat group and is also a good source of many important nutrients. A 3-ounce serving of cooked rainbow trout contains 22 grams of protein and only 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 30 milligrams of sodium. Health conscious Americans should consider including rainbow trout in their diet. Whether you prepare and eat trout at home or at a restaurant, rainbow trout is a delicious, nutritious, and healthy choice.

Next time you wonder whether or not eating farmed fish is healthy for your body, sustainable, and raised in an eco-friendly environment, remember: KNOW YOUR  FARMED FISH SOURCES!