Why Farmed Seafood?

Why Farmed Seafood? We live in Florida.  We love the sea.  It breathes life into our economy.  We swim in it, we play in it, and a lot of us go to it and stare at it when we need to recharge (or is that just me?). I come from a fishing family.  Fishing is more than a hobby for us - it's a legacy.  My children are young.  I constantly remind them every single time we go fishing, "we only take what we are going to eat".  If everyone followed this simple rule, our concerns about fish stocks and species preservation would be less worrisome.  Our family can't get enough of fishing... we travel great distances to places where the "catch & release" method easily entertains us and satisfies our thirst for fishing.  After all, it's sport fishing... not sport killing.

I personally enjoy tuna, hogfish, cod, dolphin... many species of wild fish which can not be farmed.  At least not yet.  I believe that one day the technology will be there.  Therefore, I feel that it's important for me to balance my consumption of wild fish with a variety of farmed species as well.

Back in the 60's and 70's, Jacques Cousteau was so far ahead of his time with his knowledge of our need for farming fish and seafood.  There are so many amazing quotes recorded with his regard to farming fish and seafood.  "We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters." is one of my favorites.  

Some people are frightened by the term "farmed" because of things they may have heard from the media.  For example, take the location where our Organic Salmon is farmed.  It's gorgeous.  The water is clear.  The waters are classed by the European Union as 1A in quality — the best there is.  A constant 2-knot flow and high tidal exchange rates continuously flush the pens with fresh water, preventing any build up of parasites or pollutants. 

Is it true that there are fish farms in existence that are of substandard quality?  OF COURSE!  There are dirty farms.  We go to great lengths to research the facilities our vendors utilize.  We ensure that we agree with their practices.  That's why it's important to ask where your fish comes from.  Don't be scared of farmed fish!  Include it in your diet.  Just ask where it comes from.  We even keep photos behind the counter of most of the farming facilities we purchase seafood from.  We would love to share them with you.  Just ask! 

Some of the options for farmed seafood we offer are:  Bronzini, Halibut, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Organic Salmon, Tilapia, Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Shrimp, and more!

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