Farmed Salmon Marked as a ‘Good Alternative’ in the Eco-Friendly Food List
September 6, 2013 by
People are constantly on the lookout for healthier dietary options. Recently, Verlasso farmed salmon from Chile was added to the yellow list of the Seafood Watch Program at Monterey Bay Aquarium. The addition certifies Verlasso as a ‘good alternative’ based on the impact it has on the environment, as well as its’ sustainability.
Salmon Makes It to the Eco-Friendly Food List of Fish
Verlasso – Miami salmon farmed in the ocean has been added to the yellow list of the ‘Seafood Watch’ certifying it to be a good dietary alternative that can be used.
The list of Seafood Watch at Monterey Bay Aquarium is a significant eco-friendly food list that rates seafood. The yellow, red, or green ratings are subject to the impact that the food item has on the environment as well as its sustainability. Foods with a red rating indicate that they should be avoided; yellow rated foods are considered a ‘good alternative’ while green rated foods are the ‘best choice’. Peter Bridson – aquaculture manager at Seafood Watch stated that these lists help wholesale purchasers and consumers opt for healthy oceans.
Ocean-based farmed salmon was never included in these lists mainly because salmon feed is usually made of powdered anchoveta, herring and other fishes which are high sources of fatty acids – omega 3, a nutrient essential for salmon to thrive. Other concerns with regard to salmon revolved around the fact that salmon were cultivated in crowded pens which was bound to affect the quality of the water and increased the chances of parasitic infestations that could affect wild fish. The chemicals used to curb disease and infestations could also pollute the water.
Verlasso opted for a positive change that mainly involved switching to genetically altered yeast as a source of omega 3 fatty acids. As a result of this, it now takes only 1.34 pounds of wild fish to produce a pound of salmon which is an achievement when compared to the initial ratio of four pounds of other wild fish to be able to produce a pound of this salmon, stated director – Scott Nichols.
As a result of being added to the yellow list, salmon sales have gone up in spite of the cost increasing by two dollars a pound. According to Bridson, salmon farming has become more sustainable and has developed less of a negative impact on the environment.
Salmon Farming Industry Can Benefit From Eco-Friendly Food And Promotional Items
After receiving a spot on the yellow list, salmon is definitely going to be in high demand. However, it is essential for salmon farming industries to promote their produce. The use of eco-friendly promotional items for the purpose is an ideal choice.
Customized key-chains that resemble the nutritious salmon or mugs with pictures of a salmon farm are good options. Personalized reusable bags and storage vessels can also be designed to carry a brief write-up to promote salmon farming as well as bear the branding of the company. Such options will surely help in creating awareness with regard to salmon farming while promoting the company itself.