The idea of eating farmed fish has seen a
turn-around recently. The demand for healthy fish and
sustainable practices has introduced diners to some delicious, very healthy and
responsibly grown seafood choices that just happen to be farmed.
Any visit to New Zealand’s South Island is
bound to be spectacular. Lakes near Mt. Cook are startling with their luminous
and opaque turquoise blue water. No picture does it justice. The glacial
minerals and silt cause the opacity and imbue the water with nutrients. These
are the waters where
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon
is farmed. The company is proud that their water is as pure going into the farm
as it is leaving it. They use premium feed from the South Pacific and the fish
grow fit in the pristine, swiftly moving, glacial waters far from human or
This ensures fish
with high levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and less intramuscular fat
than ocean-reared salmon.
The original stock was imported from the Pacific
Northwest and raised in New Zealand without antibiotics, GMOs, and in water
that’s free from heavy metals and chemicals. Catalina Offshore Products has
been offering this salmon over the last couple of years and our customers rave.
And it’s not just the exquisite
taste or texture that makes this farmed salmon desirable. “Seafood is likely
the single most important food one can consume for good health.*" says
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health. In fact, according
to the American Heart Association, e
twice a week may pr
otect the heart against potentially deadly cardiac
rhythm disturbances, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and improve blood
vessel function. Su
by Harvard scientists has also found that the health benefits of both
farmed and wild salmon exceed any potential risks.
With that awareness and the high demand for
healthy seafood, we think it’s only natural that responsibly-farmed seafood has
an important place on our plates. As well, it is an ecological alternative to
depleting fish populations in certain already over-fished waters.
If the thought of eating farmed fish is still
too much of a sea change for you, talk to your trusted fishmonger. Ask
questions about the farm – its country of origin and harvesting methods. You
may be pleasantly surprised to find more and more high-quality products out
there like our Mt. Cook Salmon! More high-quality products
Photo courtesy Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon