Why Wild Caught Seafood is a Better Choice

Have you ever wondered, when walking through the seafood section of your grocery store, where the fish came from?

Have you ever wondered, when walking through the seafood section of your grocery store, where the fish came from?

Who caught the plump and delicious salmon, the rainbow trout, and the Icelandic cod? Where were they harvested? Did they spend their lives swimming along the same migration routes their species have known from time immemorial?

The truth is, if you’re buying seafood from a supermarket in America, it is almost certain that the fish you’re looking at never saw the outside of a fish farm.

Fish farms have been heralded as a solution to the problem of overfishing, but they have created plenty problems of their own. If you really want seafood that is good for you and good for the environment, eating wild-caught seafood from a fishery committed to sustainability is the better choice.

1. Fish Farms Pose Environmental Dangers

Not all fish farms are designed the same way, but they all suffer from the same fundamental problem: fish, like other wild animals, have evolved to travel widely in search of food and forage. Because farms forcibly contain fish, they introduce a range of environmental problems.

For example, uneaten food pellets and concentrated waste can create a build-up of organic waste, especially in off-shore fish farms, and parasites and diseases that thrive in the confined quarters of the farm can spread to wild populations.

This is why at truLOCAL we source all our seafood from fisheries that provide wild caught products. If you want to be sure the seafood you’re eating isn’t contributing to these problems, make wild caught scallops and wild caught salmon part of your regular order.

2. Farmed Fish are Less Healthy

For many Americans, one of the main reasons to choose seafood over meat or poultry is that fish and shellfish are packed with healthy fats and essential nutrients. For example, Pacific Snapper contains significant amounts of:

·      Selenium

·      Vitamin A

·      Potassium

·      Omega-3 fatty acids

Because it’s also a lean, low-calorie protein, Pacific Snapper is a great choice for people who want to trim the fat from their diets while also enjoying great-tasting food.

If you’re eating seafood for health reasons, though, you might be unpleasantly surprised to learn that Snapper that has been farmed is much less healthy than wild Snapper. Not only does it get less exercise, parasites and diseases can leach nutrients from the fish.

So if you want seafood that really is a healthy choice, you should opt for wild caught Pacific Snapper when putting together your truLOCAL delivery box.

3. Sustainability is Key

From Argentine red shrimp perfect for a New Orleans jambalaya to Icelandic Cod for New England cod cakes, seafood is an important part of American food culture. But it is no secret that our love of seafood is having an impact on the environment.

The fateful combination of climate change and overfishing has raised questions about whether or not some commercial fisheries will even be able to operate in the coming decades, so if we want to be able to pass our culinary traditions on to our kids, we need to take steps now to support sustainable fishing practices.

At truLOCAL, we work with partners that are committed not only to harvesting wild fish, but doing so in environmentally responsible ways. Eating ethically doesn’t necessarily mean foregoing seafood altogether, as long as you take care to buy from the right producers.

So, next time you have a hankering to make paella, make sure to order your seafood through our fresh meat delivery service.

Posted on July 20th, 2021