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What are some alternatives to eating farmed salmon in order to still obtain omega-3 fatty acids from seafoods?

Salmon from Alaska is not farmed. Several varieties of Alaskan salmon (king, sockeye, coho, keta, pink) can be purchased canned year-round, frozen year-round, or fresh from May through September. Ask at your fish store or at the counter in your grocery store to have fresh Alaskan salmon available to purchase when in season. Also ask in restaurants for wild, fresh Alaskan salmon to be on the menu when available. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's web site has additional information on their fishing industry and recipes for Alaskan seafood products.

Alaskan salmon is the first seafood to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The Marine Stewardship Council's label helps consumers tell which fish products are "marine-friendly."

Additional seafood sources of omega-3 fatty acids: (USDA databases):
6 ounce cooked portion unless specified otherwise
Salmon, Atlantic, farmed 3.7 gm
Salmon, Coho, wild 1.8 gm
Salmon, Coho, farmed 2.2 gm
Trout, rainbow, farmed 2.0 gm
Trout, rainbow, wild 1.7 gm
Sardines, in sardine oil (3 oz) 2.8 gm
Sardines, in tomato sauce (3 oz) 1.4 gm
Herring, kippered (3 oz) 1.8 gm
Herring, pickled (3 oz) 1.2 gm
Halibut 0.8 gm
Tuna, white, canned (3 oz) 0.7 gm
Tuna, light, canned (3 oz) 0.2 gm
Perch, ocean 0.6 gm
Cod, Pacific 0.5 gm
Cod, Atlantic 0.3 gm
Shrimp (3 oz., steamed) 0.3 gm
Clams (3 oz., steamed) 0.2 gm
Lobster (3 oz., steamed) 0.1 gm

The amount and source of omega-3 fatty acids to eat on a daily or weekly basis to optimize anti-cancer activity is not known. Over a weeks period of time, I consume omega-3 fatty acids from seafood in the range of 1.0 - 1.25 gm per day.

Special Note: Because it is as important to me to eat as much of my food as possible that is produced in ways that promote the health of our planet, in addition to being as healthy for me as possible, I urge you to read more about the fishing industry concerns (as with everything, this is a complex issue) and efforts toward developing sustainable catch and aquaculture (fish farming) practices. Here are some web sites will provide additional information about these concerns. Additional information can be found on a previously written question on this topic on my web site.

PBS Special "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets"

EcoFish - a distributor of fresh and frozen fish to both retail and restaurants that are caught by sustainable methods

Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust - an organization that supports methods of farm fishing (aquaculture) that are done in ways to minimize depleting our wild fish populations and degrading our environment while still feeding the 6+ billion people on our planet and preserving healthy oceans for future generations.

The Audubon Guide to Seafood - fish purchasing guidelines for fish that are caught in sustainable manners

Marine Fish Conservation Network - a coalition of over 150 national and regional environmental organizations, commercial and recreational fishing groups, aquariums, and marine science groups dedicated to conserving marine fish and to promoting their long-term sustainability - web site has information on legislation impacting these issues

National Environmental Trust - The National Environmental Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan membership group established in 1994 to inform citizens about environmental problems and how they affect our health and quality of life. NET's public education campaigns present the latest scientific studies and public opinion research so that Americans from all walks of life can understand complex environmental issues. NET created the new "Take a Pass on Sea Bass" campaign, to help this fish species recover to levels that will permit long-term population stability

Seafood Choices Alliance -a coalition of chefs, fishermen and seafood suppliers who seek to bring ocean conservation to the table. It sends out a quarterly Email newsletter.

Chef's Collaborative - founded in 1993 and is the only chef-managed organization advocating sustainable cuisine.

Posted 9/02, updated 2/04

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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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