Why choose farmed over wild fish?

There are many positive reasons to choose farmed fish over wild. In many cases, wild populations of fish are under threat due to over-fishing, habitat loss or other changes. We know what a farmed fish has eaten and the level of control over the ingredients, while we have no control over wild fish or possible pollutants they have consumed or been exposed to. We can monitor health and welfare and in many cases ensure ethical harvest practices. Wild fish populations are unable to meet the seafood demands of a growing world population, while farming offers a viable solution to meeting future food needs. A 2020 article in Nature provides more context if you want to learn more.

Learn more at Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch page

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Fish farm in Nigeria
Fish farm in Japan
Fish farm in Japan

Frequent questions on health and safety

Are farmed fish and shrimp healthy to eat?

Yes. Regardless of whether it has been caught or farmed, fish and shrimp are a fantastic source of high-quality protein, precious vitamins and minerals. 

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Is it safe to eat farmed fish and shrimp?

The regulations that govern the harvest and processing of seafood for human consumption rank among the most stringent in the world. Aquaculture standards have been developing for many years and high-quality fish and shrimp feeds are a prerequisite for the industry. 

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Why choose farmed over wild fish?

There are many positive reasons to choose farmed fish over wild. In many cases, wild populations of fish are under threat due to over-fishing, habitat loss or other changes. We know what a farmed fish has eaten and the level of control over the ingredients, while we have no control over wild fish or possible pollutants they have consumed or been exposed to. 

Learn more about farmed fish