• Salmon is an exceptional fish that both fish lovers and non-fish lovers alike seem to enjoy. When we think of salmon we think oily flakes of omega-3 goodness, but not all salmon are the same. These days consumers have lots of different options available… sockeye, king, wild, farmed atlantic, pacific… and the truth is many of us don't know what’s going on with our favorite pink fish. Not to worry, we’re here to help you sort it all out.
• Let’s begin by region —Atlantic and Pacific. The rule of thumb is: wild salmon comes from the Pacific, and farmed salmon comes from the Atlantic. Once upon a time there were wild salmon in the Atlantic, but today all wild Atlantic Salmon stocks have been virtually eliminated or reduced to such low levels that they are no longer open for commercial use.
• There are five different species of wild-caught salmon in the Pacific; Chinook (King), Sockeye (Red or Blueback), Coho (Silver), and Keta (Dog) Salmon. Two of these species are also sometimes farmed: the Coho (Silver) and King (chinook) salmon.
• The choices may seem overwhelming, but here are some fast facts to help you get to know each species...
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