If it’s farmed, ask questions
There are grave concerns about farm-raised fish, including the fact that the fish are often given antibiotics and treated with pesticides. But not all farmed fish is off the table. If the fish are processed at a reputable place where they don’t use antibiotics or pesticides, farmed fish isn’t terrible, according to Matt Bell, meat and seafood senior category manager at Dean & DeLuca, a gourmet grocery chain in New York City. And farmed fish does have some notable benefits. “As demand has gone up for seafood, so has the need to farm fish. Farmed fish can be a good alternative to depleting our oceans and over fishing. Aquaculture done right is a way to supplement the wild caught fisheries and preserve the environment.” Farmed seafood also affords the consumer year-round product availability, consistency, and variety. “Like any farm there are good and bad farmers, so it’s important to know the farming practices that are used from where you are sourcing,” he adds. The staff at the fish counter should have some background information about the farms, so don’t hesitate to ask.