Pennsylvanians, fishing sustainably for wild salmon in Alaska: could we ask for anything better?
We’ve partnered with Bloomsburg, PA-based Wild for Salmon to bring us their catch. They harvest, flash freeze, and deliver the best-quality salmon to Pennsylvania farmers’ markets, buying clubs, and CSAs like ours!
How Does It Work?
- Go to the Wild For Salmon site- choose a CSA
- Pick Fellowship Foods from the list
- Create an account or log in (You don’t have to be a current customer with us to order and receive a delivery. You’ll just need to communicate with us at which of our locations you’d like to pick up.)
- Browse their selection and place your order, and receive an email confirmation
- They will communicate your total due after packing your order (to be sure the weights and amounts are accurate)
- You’ll pay Fellowship Foods directly (don’t write checks to Wild for Salmon)
- They will deliver flash-frozen seafood to us, and we’ll deliver to you the week of October 1.
They say it best themselves! From the Wild for Salmon Fishermen:
We do know that fish is important for our health. However, this is a complex issue. Logically we’d think farm-raised would be better for our environment and better for us. (By the way, “ocean-raised” fish is the same as “farm-raised” just a new marketing name. Farm-raised fish are fish in pens in the ocean and when this got a bad reputation they changed the name, that’s all!) But we have learned that farm raised means that the fish don’t get lots of swimming room, are prone to disease (and therefore fed antibiotics) and can get out and infect the fish in the wild. They are also high in mercury. Many wild-caught fish start in Alaska, but recently we are finding a trend to save money– where the is fish shipped to China or Russia for processing, resulting in the fish being thawed and refrozen multiple times! Read the label closely, to avoid products that are moved around the world, to save companies’ money! Our salmon and whitefish are always wild-caught in Alaska in accordance with sustainable harvest practices, and is always once frozen after processing in Alaska.“Where does this come from?” is the most important question you can ask yourself about anything you are consuming.Let’s look at Farmed Salmon. Since Farmed Salmon are fed pellets instead of what they eat in the wild, three elements are affected:
- First, the food that they normally eat in the wild converts into powerful omega 3’s for us; the farm raised salmon doesn’t have as high nutritional value.
- Secondly, the food they eat naturally helps them turn that beautiful pink color to which we are accustomed; the farm raised are therefore fed colorings to make them more palatable to our eye.
- Finally, the food they eat affects how they taste and there is truly no comparison in flavor or texture.
When choosing to eat fish, we must consider:
- The importance of fish to our health with valuable Omega-3s, protein, low fat.
- The sustainability of the fish, that it is not over-fished and that it is safe for our environment.
- The health of the fish and the life of the fish (what it eats, how it lives).
- Cost. We really can’t afford to eat farmed salmon.
Fish, particularly cold water oily fish, have valuable Omega 3’s. We are just now exploring all the benefits of these EFA’s (essential fatty acids) and are finding that they are invaluable to good health. They help reduce risks of heart disease, cancer, age-related blindness and eye problems, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases as well as keep a healthy circulatory system. We should strive for two to three servings (total of 6 – 12 ounces per week — as one serving is considered 3- 6 ounces) per week of a fish high in Omega 3’s.We know that wild Salmon has great benefits; however, most grocery stores and restaurants that offer “salmon” are offering a genetically engineered (farmed) salmon that is taking over the environment. Or, we find out, that because of the way the fish is caught, its habitats are being damaged and it’s becoming endangered. We have to carefully look at where the fish is caught and whether or not the fishery is sustainable. It is important that we make sure our fish is Sustainable and safe for the environment.Alaska is a model for sustainable fisheries all over the world. It’s written directly into the state constitution:ALASKA CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE VIII – NATURAL RESOURCES
Section 1. Statement of Policy. It is the policy of the State to encourage
the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making
them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest.
Section 2. General Authority. The legislature shall provide for the
utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging
to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its
Section 3. Common Use. Wherever occurring in their natural state, fish,
wildlife, and waters are reserved to the people for common use.
Section 4. Sustained Yield. Fish, forests, wildlife, grasslands, and all
other replenishable resources belonging to the State shall be utilized,
developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principle, subject to
preferences among beneficial uses.
Section 15. No Exclusive Right of Fishery. No exclusive right or special
privilege of fishery shall be created or authorized in the natural waters of the
State. This section shall not restrict the power of the State to limit entry into
any fishery for purposes of resource conservation, to prevent economic
distress among fishermen and those dependent upon them for a livelihood
and to promote the efficient development of aquaculture in the State.
Section 17. Uniform Application. Law and regulations governing the use
or disposal of natural resources shall apply equally to all persons similarly
situated with reference to the subject matter and purpose to be served by the
law or regulation.It is also important that we make sure THE FISH is healthy and therefore truly healthful. Farm-raised fish are raised in small pens in the ocean secured by nets or in ponds, depending upon the fish species. As with most industries, maximizing revenues is key so they will stock a pond with as many fish as they can leaving very little room for the fish to move about freely and they are fed pellets of food instead of their natural food (sounds like the chicken and cattle scenarios all over again). This, in turn, doesn’t allow them to use their muscles naturally nor convert their natural food into powerful Omega 3s for us. Therefore, farm-raised fish doesn’t have the health benefits of Wild fish and farm-raised salmon doesn’t have the color of natural salmon and they are fed colorings to help make the salmon palatable for our plates.
“Wild salmon become pink by eating sea creatures like krill, which contain a carotenoid called astaxanthin. Farmed salmon are naturally grayish but turn pink when they are fed various sources of astaxanthin, including one that is chemically synthesized and others that originate from yeast or microalgae.”
– NY Times, Marian Burros