Wild or Farmed Fish?

By Dale Van Sky, Executive Chef

orange_roughy-09-2009When planning new menus or nightly market fish specials, I mostly choose wild fish that is sustainable. A good source for researching the sustainability of seafood is the Monterey Bay Aquarium website.

However, if I choose a farmed fish, I first research the farming methods that are used. Some farms use growth hormones to increase production and food coloring pellets to achieve a more natural flesh color. I look for farms that do not use hormones and have a natural water circulatory system (pulling water from the ocean that circulates through the ponds and is then released back into the ocean).

The Monterey Bay Aquarium website will also provide you with information on how frequently you should consume seafood and mercury levels.

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