Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ask about farmed fish

A letter in the Feb.18 issue, "Say 'no' to 'red list' fish," states that Atlantic salmon is on the endangered species list. Atlantic salmon is farmed fish and has been well publicized as such. Nova Scotia salmon (lox) is farmed and has been for many years. Shrimp—there are many kinds of shrimp (see Sea Food Watch website)—some wild and not endangered and some from Asia, are farmed! Such as Thailand, for example.

Bluefin and black tuna are listed as endangered. Another example, in the Gulf of Mexico, red snapper is doing very well and there are current individual fishing quota systems. There are many other ocean controls in respect to fishing quotas. However, the ocean is large with many countries involved in illegal catches and is impossible to regulate.

An astute consumer should ask fish departments in the grocery stores if the fish is farmed or wild. Many fish departments state it next to the fish price. I see this occurring in Northern California stores and in some Idaho stores. It's far better to get your facts straight before attacking grocery stores in the newspaper.

If the public cares about the fish stocks, it is far better to go to the excellent website Sea Food Watch (I found that as the best) rather than Greenpeace. It clearly breaks down information on each species—very informative.

Susan Kibbe-Van Der Wal

Stanley and Inverness, Calif.

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