Ocean-farmed salmon makes eco-friendly list

The Seafood Watch list is one of several that assign seafood a red, yellow or green rating, based on their sustainability and environmental impact. Red is “avoid,” yellow is “good alternative” and green is “best choice.”
 
Consumers and wholesale buyers use these lists “to make choices for healthy oceans,” says Peter Bridson, the Seafood Watch aquaculture manager.
 
Up until now none of these lists has included salmon raised in ocean-based fish farms. Farmed salmon has long been disdained by environmentally motivated consumers. One reason was because salmon must be given feed high in omega 3 fatty acids to thrive. Ground-up herring, anchoveta and other fatty fish contain those fatty acids and were used to make salmon feed.
 
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