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Frequently Asked Questions


I understand that eating fish, particularly fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, is healthy for our bodies. Yet I have heard that eating salmon may be harmful to our environment from the overfishing of wild fish and also degrading effects from fish-farming. Can you clarify this confusion, and what type of salmon do you eat?

I have recently starting reading more information on this important topic. I do think it is important to consider both what is healthy for our body and also what is healthy for our planet when we make our food choices. As with everything, this question brings us to a complex area of study that is still being researched.

I have three sources of information that can help you learn more about this topic of choosing seafoods to eat that are the least harmful to fish populations or our environment.

The first is an online article about aquaculture that is well written. (However, it does contain one error - fish oils contain fatty acids and are not a significant source of amino acids as stated.)

Second is information on endangered oceans and the impact of eating fish by the Monterey Bay (California) Aquarium. They give recommendations regarding fish to purchase for consumption in order to maintain a healthy marine ecosystem.

Third is another online article from the National Audubon Society's Living Oceans Program.

They have also recently published a book entitled Seafood Lover's Almanac, which gives very specific details and rankings to show which types of seafood have both healthy populations and also catch and processing methods that are least degrading to our environment. This is a VERY helpful book for making those "what should I eat" type of decisions! You may obtain the book directly from The National Audubon Society, Amazon.com, or any bookstore for $19.95.

Seafood Lover's Almanac
National Audubon Society's Living Oceans Program
550 South Bay Ave.
Islip, NY 11751

I am using this book to make my seafood decisions. Based on their recommendations, I now make sure I am buying Alaska salmon, which has very healthy wild populations. Start asking questions at your fish store to show your concern about these important issues!

I also recommend that you download and print out a Seafood Wallet Card from their website. These cards were developed by the National Audubon Society to guide people choosing seafood in restaurants and grocery stores in order to help to make our oceans healthy again.

Updated 6/02, 7/02


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Fish What are some alternatives to eating farmed salmon in order to still obtain omega-3 fatty acids from seafoods? posted 9/02
Fish Is eating salmon healthy for our environment? updated 6/02, 7/02  
Fish Have you changed the amounts or types of fish you eat as new
information becomes available regarding the mercury content of
posted 1/04



These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.

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