January 19, 2010 New way to farm salmon has received endorsement from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. The AquaSeed Corporation raises the coho salmon from eggs in closed, fresh water pens, at a 1:1 per pound feed ratio. In the past it has been noted that it took upwards of 4 pounds of fish food to gain 1 pound of salmon.
“Traditionally raised farm salmon are grown in open-net ocean pens. This has led to problems such as nonnative species escaping into the wild and pollution as well as sea lice infestation and disease, because there is no barrier between captive salmon and the wild version in surrounding waters. Plus, traditionally raised farmed salmon require as much as five pounds (2.3 kilograms) of meal made from smaller fish caught in the wild for every pound (half kilogram) of salmon meat, a level that is considered unsustainable by environmental groups.”
Whole Foods will be carrying this approved farmed fish, which will be sold under the label of SweetSpring.