01 Oct Getting Your Salmon the Sustainable Way
Salmon is a delicious fish with many nutritional benefits, – it’s a great source of protein, contains Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. It’s a mild-tasting fish that is versatile enough to incorporate into easy lunch or dinner recipes. When looking to purchase salmon, try to find salmon that was sustainably caught. At Wild Selections, we only source wild-caught salmon from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries using sustainable fishing practices.
While there is a lot of information about the sustainability of different types of fishing methods for salmon, such as gillnetting, long lining, trawling, or purse seining to name just a few, not all of these methods are sustainable for all types of waters. For example, gillnetting is a sustainable way of catching salmon in Alaska because there are low levels of by catch, but that’s not the case for all areas. The most sustainable fishing practices are customized to specific environments in order to minimize harm to the surrounding ecosystems. In order to keep the ecosystem balanced and fish populations healthy, it is also critically important that the fishery from which salmon is caught is well managed to adequately monitor fish stock and fishing methods. Alaska salmon is among the best managed fisheries in the world with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and State of Alaska both playing key roles. The Marine Stewardship Council certification is recognition of the outstanding Alaskan salmon management practices. Keep in mind that a sustainable fishing method in a poorly-managed fishery will not be productive in the long term. You need both sustainable fishing AND well-managed fisheries.
Next time you are in the store to purchase salmon, look to see if your packaged salmon contains the Marine Stewardship Council label. Companies with a MSC label have been fully vetted to ensure their products can be traced back to a certified sustainable fishery. You can use the Trace My Catch tool on our site to find out how and where your Wild Selections seafood was caught.
Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery is responsible for around 90% of wild caught salmon in North America, and was once in danger of losing its salmon population. Bristol Bay is now thriving thanks to the sustainable practices that were implemented in order to save the Bay and replenish its resources. It is MSC-certified and monitored closely to ensure resources are viable for generations to come.