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Sustainable Salmon

Sustainable Salmon: Good for you and the environment!

If you’ve ever been confused about making the right seafood choices for you and your family, you’re not alone. Among the competing concerns out there are: health benefits vs. sustainability issues vs. mercury levels. And if you’ve grown to love the taste of farmed salmon, you may be especially conflicted, because on the one-hand, it’s a heart-healthy fish with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium that is also low in mercury; but on the other hand, it’s gotten a bad wrap for being a poor choice when it comes to sustainability…. 

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Tour a Vietnam Fishery with our Seafood Buyer

Nha Trang, Australis Aquaculture HQ in Vietnam

Nha Trang, Australis Aquaculture HQ in Vietnam

As part of the new FreshDirect Sustainable Seafood Ratings Program, Jeff Ludwin, our seafood category manager and buyer, was tasked with finding delicious new sustainable fish as alternatives to some less ocean-friendly items, such as farmed salmon.

Follow along on Jeff’s tour of Australis Aquaculture in Vietnam — one of our “best practice” vendors who demonstrate eco-friendly fish farming and produce fresh, delicious and sustainable barramundi fillets…. 

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My Top Two Family-Friendly Fish

Looking for ways to serve up seafood the whole family can appreciate? Look no further than mild, approachable white fish.

Royal Dorade

Royal Dorade

My two favorites are Australis Barramundi and Local Ocean Royale Dorade.

The Barramundi is even on sale at my Healthy Living for Less page right now (through May 3rd). It’s also in my refrigerator waiting to be made into dinner tonight (had the Dorade last week).

What makes these two fish top picks in my book? A lot. They’re budget-friendly, great for the whole family, are simple to prepare, and they provide healthy omega-3 fats.

You won’t have to worry about mercury with these fish, and they’re ocean-friendly, too.

Already convinced? Head on over to the seafood market to try them for dinner tomorrow. Want to learn more? Keep reading…. 

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Healthy Planet, Healthy You!

People ask me why a registered dietitian should care about sustainable seafood. The heart of the answer is the idea that nothing exists in a vacuum.

Grilled Fish & Vegetables

Grilled Fish & Vegetables

Let me explain: Enjoying a variety of seafood is a great way to benefit from the heart-healthy omega-3 fats that are in all seafood.

Like many health care professionals, I recommend that people enjoy seafood twice a week as part of a heart-healthy diet. Doing so contributes to an increased demand for seafood, for better or for worse.

Since there is seafood out there that is well-managed and caught in environmentally responsible ways, and because it can be confusing to find it, I want to do my best to guide people towards those choices that are good for human health as well as the health of the community and planet. … 

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