Closed containment farmed salmon | Food and our planet | What you can do | David Suzuki Foundation
Photo: Closed containment farmed salmon

After all the negative press farmed salmon has received over the years, it's great to see the emergence of more sustainable closed containment technologies. Shifting salmon farming from open net cages to closed systems is an important way to eliminate or reduce many of the problems caused by open net cage salmon farming — particularly the threats posed to wild salmon.

Ask for:

Farmed salmon raised with closed containment technology.

Avoid:

Farmed salmon raised in open net pens.

Cooking & nutrition:

Available year round, this farmed salmon can be prepared in a variety of ways from grilling, baking or even deep frying to take a west coast twist on fish and chips. Salmon is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and protein, making it a healthy choice for all. Although only currently available at some Overwaitea Food Group stores in B.C and Alberta, growing demand for sustainable seafood means closed containment farmed salmon could soon be available across the country.

Recipe:

Cold Steamed Salmon with Spinach Salad

Fishery:

By using an innovative land-based closed containment design with freshwater recirculation, this salmon farm receives a thumbs-up from the scientists at SeaChoice and Seafood Watch. Don't confuse it with open net pen farmed salmon, which is raised in ways that can spread disease and pollution and threatens wild salmon.

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