Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, is an ancient method of food production. The industry has thrived in the past few decades as demand for fish and seafood increases. It is an excellent option to compliment wild fish consumption from sustainable sources and has a number of benefits.
North Sea cod stocks have increased dramatically, even to the point where they may be listed as a sustainable choice in the next five years. Unfortunately, most commercially available fish have periods of time when they are overfished, sometimes to the point of extinction. Add to that the natural fluctuations in quality and availability throughout the year, aquaculture provides an effective solution to this problem of consistency.
There are a few myths about farmed fish. The one that comes up most is that farmed fish are depleted of vitamins. This is simply not true. Fish are what they eat. And aquaculture gives the consistency to monitor what they are eating and produces fish with a similar nutritional profile to wild fish. Many people eat fish for the health aspects and will be pleased to hear that farmed salmon, for example, is much higher in omega-3 than wild salmon.
As the world’s population increases, food production must also increase. The important thing to consider here is efficiency. The Huffington Post reported that farmed fish production has overtaken beef. The article explains how farmed fish is a more efficient method of protein production than beef:
“Cattle consume seven pounds of grain or more to produce an additional pound of beef…Fish are far more efficient, typically taking less than two pounds of feed to add another pound of weight.”
Like with fresh meat, there are good farms and there are bad farms. We use very good farms so that you can enjoy the cost, health and efficiency benefits of farmed fish. We put quality first and have a wide range of wild fish and seafood available, with some excellent quality farmed fish to compliment our range.