Scientists have predicted if commercial fishing continues at the same rate that it is at today, there will not be enough fish in the ocean to meet the worlds demand for seafood in forty years. The only way to produce enough fish to meet this demand is by using the process of aquaculture, also known as fish farming. However, it has been said that farm raised fish is unhealthy to eat. Is this true, or are people receiving false information about this issue? Aquaculture of salmon produces fish that are unhealthy for human consumption because it alters the normal lifestyle of fish such as their diet and the habitat they live in, which causes diseases and parasites that need to be treated by antibiotics.
Aquaculture, which is the scientific title for fish farming, is commonly defined as the science, art, and business of cultivating marine or freshwater food, fish, or shellfish. This process supplies the United States with forty percent of seafood that people consume. With the number of fish in the oceans depleting more and more rapidly, farm raised fish may soon take over as the main source of fish for human consumption. As soon as aquaculture becomes the majority supplier of seafood, people must be educated on the process in which the fish are grown and how they are altered, in order to understand the difference between wild and farmed fish.
Billions of people all over the world consume fish because it contains a great amount of protein. Depending on the type of fish and the way it is cooked, a three ounce piece of fish contains anywhere from 20 to 25 grams of protein. On the other hand, farm raised fish have more fat and less protein than wild fish. According to the “FDA statistics on the nutritional content (protein and fat-ratios) of farm versus wild salmon show that: Wild salmon have a 20% higher protein content and 20% lower fat content than farm raised salmon” (4). Farmed salmon have less protein and more fat because the habitat they live in has...