Monday, November 24, 2014

Jail Island Salmon

Over the course of the last few decades, farm raised seafood has become more of the norm for our world's food supply. With farm raised anything, questions arise. Some of those questions might include what the fish are being fed; what type of water are they being kept in; how long are they raised; and what type of effect does this have on the surrounding environment?

Fear not, farm raised salmon are perfectly safe for eating. In fact, since raising salmon at an aquaculture facility began in the 1980's, it is now considered common place.  The Wall Street Journal indicates that upwards of 99% of salmon is now farm raised.

Rules and regulations have hampered the wild salmon fishing industry, for one. Another reason that wild salmon are rare to see on a restaurant's menu, is because they can be as expensive as almost $30 a pound. For any restaurant to carry something that expensive on their menu and keep it fresh... it's a nearly impossible task. To further the debate, wild salmon have far less fat (which translates to less flavor) than do farm raised salmon because of what they feed upon.

What we have done is brought in one of the most environmentally safe and sustainable farm raised salmon available. The salmon is from Jail Island, near New Brunswick Canada and the Bay of Fundy. Jail Island produces only Atlantic salmon in their natural environment, the North Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, Jail Island has been a leading innovator for some of the aquaculture industry's new regulations and guidelines. Some of the things that Jail Island does to make their salmon the most sustainable are:

  • They use a more costly way of farming, a unique 3-bay management system that allows for an environmentally safe process of crop rotation.
  • Sites are located where deep Atlantic waters and good tidal movement ensure fish thrive and enhance sustainability.
  • They have low stocking densities of 2-3%. This allows the salmon to swim freely in their natural environment and remain well fed.
  • Jail Island also uses a water recycling and filtration system for their freshwater farms. Their system uses 1/10th of the water that other farms use.

Chances are, you have been eating farm raised salmon, almost every time you eat salmon. This is just the way of the world now. Wild caught salmon can now be considered more of a delicacy than ever before. So, if we are being fed farm raised product, why not choose the best?  That's exactly we have done here.

We are now preparing our jail island salmon with a balsamic maple glaze while roasting it on a western cedar plank. Come in and get the best of both worlds - a healthy sustainable product AND great flavor!

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