Atlantic salmon are listed on the Greenpeace USA “red fish” list. This list includes fish who are endangered, not sustainably fished, or types of fish that cause harm to habitat or other species due to the methods being used to fish them. Because Atlantic salmon are endangered, the ones on the market are generally from farms, which can share the same waters as the wild species. Due to some farming practices they can spread disease to the wild salmon, compete for food and take about 3 pounds of feed fish to grow just one pound of Atlantic salmon. It is not likely that this species is overfished, since most comes from legal farms, but the practices of farming are enhancing the endangered status of the Atlantic salmon.
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