The aquaculture (farm-raised fish) industry has proliferated considerably in recent years, and many commentaries, some troubling and some redeeming, have circulated the industry. Many consider industrial fish production to be a savior, helping promote conservation, sustainability, and affordability. Others have argued that farm-raised fish are high in toxins, are harmful to the environment, and the industrial process of raising them creates inhumane conditions for the fish.
— Abby Lyall, Nia Creator
The research shows that, in some cases, farm-raised fish can be just as nutritious as wild-caught fish and that they are just as healthy as other types of fish, as PCB levels in farm-raised fish and wild-caught fish are roughly the same.
However, they can be more expensive since they are imported from longer distances and it takes considerably more effort to raise and breed these fish than obtaining them from the wild.
Farm-raised fish can be alright to consume, but one must take into consideration other factors such as cost and time and decide whether it's worth it.
Not only are farm-raised fish just as nutritious as wild fish when raised in appropriate conditions, farm-raised fish are also more affordable. However, there are risks associated that make me worry. Farm-raised fish seem to have higher levels of toxins than wild fish, a definite health concern for consumers, in addition to them being harmful to the environment.
Taking into consideration the factors of nutrition, cost, safety, and sustainability, I think it is best to consume a mix of farm-raised and wild fish to balance the cost and safety.
It is clear from the evidence presented in this article that farm-raised fish are higher in toxins and that their production is harmful to the environment and to the fish themselves. However, there are considerable cost savings to be gained from purchasing farm-raised fish and some consumers might not have the means to make the choice to purchase wild fish instead. For those consumers that have the money to choose, it is better to avoid farm-raised fish, but for those that can't, farm-raised fish are an equally nutritious alternative.
Although farm raised fish is cheaper than wild fish, I would ultimately avoid purchasing it. The biggest red flag that the research here presents to me personally is the fact that farm raised fish have higher levels of toxins, despite being just as nutritious as wild fish.
There is also a sizable amount of research outlining the negative ramifications fish farms have on the environment and natural wild fish populations. That alone is a big reason to be skeptical over the matter. Until a safer and more sustainable method of fish breeding comes about, I plan on sticking to wild fish as a consumer.
From the research, it is clear that farm raised fish are more affordable than wild caught fish and just as nutritious. But a lot of the issues are divided, like whether or not it reduces fish population and if the farm raised fish are exposed to higher levels of trauma.
I think that because farm-raised fish have dangerous level of toxins and pollute the environment, I, as a consumer, would be more likely to buy wild caught fish. It seems to me like the benefits of farm raised fish do not outweigh the drawbacks.
While farm-raised fish are a more affordable alternative to wild-caught fish, there are also many downsides.
Farming fish pollutes the environment and produces fish with higher, and even dangerous, levels of toxins. While the nutritional content appears to be comparable, I would rather splurge on wild-caught fish every once in a while than consistently eat farmed fish.