It is becoming more and more important to the average consumer to know where their food is coming from. Whether it is grass fed beef or sashimi grade Tuna Steak, there has been an increase in the number of request for more information on this subject. The supermarkets have been onto this for a while now, and so too are online sellers of food. The many online fishmongers that have popped up over the last few years often produce on their product pages a comprehensive list of where the fresh fish or seafood has been sourced. As well, there will often accompany with the product page, a guide to when that particular fish is in season.
Is it better to buy farmed fish over wild caught?
This really is a debatable point, since farming fish carries its’ own environmental problems and pollution issues to the local water source. However, it is worth weighing this up against the overall damage to the wild species by over fishing. If a particular species, such as seabass is over-fished, it can then take many years of careful marine habitat management to get the fish stocks up to a healthy level. With the demand for fresh fish ever increasing, it is a case of in some cases opting for the lesser of two evils. Though, over the years, fish agriculture has moved on in leaps and bounds, with the impact to the local marine environment being less and less impacted by the presence of fish farms.
A well known fish to be farmed is salmon. Particularly in Chile, there has been somewhat of a disaster with the farmed salmon population, due to a number of sea lice in the salmon population. In recent months, the fisheries have had to cull hundreds of thousands of salmon, in a bid to rid themselves of the lice parasites. In Scotland, however, it’s a different story. The Scottish fisheries have become the worlds best at producing high quality Atlantic Salmon, that are relatively free from sea lice and other parasites. Due in a large part to their reinvestment in newer and better technology, These fish farms are knocking out quality fresh Scottish salmon regularly. When it comes to the time when you want to buy fresh fish online from www.aoseafood.co.uk or one of the many other websites, take a look at the info that accompanies the product to see if you are getting a sustainably caught fish, and if not, move on to the next site until you come across one that is. Even in a small way, you will be doing your bit for marine conservation.