Farmed Salmon Verses in the Wild
There are no Atlantic salmon found in the wild in Australia. While the romantics among us may never be convinced, the reality is there are few, if any, reasons to prefer wild salmon over farmed.
As discussed earlier in this guide, there are other salmon species found in the wild but they are not particularly good eating.
The taste and quality of any wild salmon will vary greatly according to the region they are from and how hard their life has been.
A farmed Atlantic salmon from Huon on the other hand has been monitored, protected and managed from the day it was spawned to help it become the most delicious and succulent eating salmon money can buy.
There are sustainability issues with salmon caught in the wild.
Our oceans are being over fished. Salmon farming ensures we have a consistant and sustainable supply of high quality salmon all year around. And unlike fish caught in drift nets at sea, farmed salmon are harvested with little impact on other marine life or the environment they are living in.
- Locally farmed food is not only fresher but often leaves a smaller carbon footprint due to smaller transportation distances.
- Although there were teething problems with early farming practices in the northern hemisphere, it can now be argued that farming salmon globally has ensured the survival of the species: it is only the nonfarmed species struggle for survival.
- Because stress free animals are healthier and better eating, Huon uses larger holding pens than other farms to ensure their salmon are raised at lower stock densities.
- Many salmon farmers – particulary those in the northern hemisphere – have been criticised for farming with high stock densities – a practice Huon eschews.