I eat sushi frequently and find that the salmon is almost never wild. I was wondering about mackerel as an alternative to get my omega-3s. My question is if mackerel is generally farmed raised as salmon is or if it is generally wild?
All mackerel comes from wild fisheries. Most are healthy, but some choices are better than others environmentally and mercury-wise http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?gid=31 http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp
Yes - Mackerel is always wild caught.
Here are some additional things I learned while googling this:
Apparently there are more than two dozen different fish marketed under some variation of the name "mackerel", although some of these are technically a different species.
The canned mackerel I buy [Bumble Bee, $1.79 for 15oz http://bit.ly/P9NOG5 ] is labeled Jack Mackerel or Chub Mackerel and is similar in size to a large sardine, roughly 4oz each, with 4 to a can. Because of it's size, mercury is less of an issue, although there is still the BPA in the can lining.
There are also sustainability issues:
NYT: In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse http://nyti.ms/RPqay9
Other canned fish which are always wild caught:
- Alaska Salmon [always wild caught, although often from a hatchery http://bit.ly/Up99MQ ]
NOTE: Canned Atlantic Salmon is always, or almost always, farmed. http://paleohacks.com/questions/19937/salmon-canned-wild-or-farmed
the cans I buy in my area always say "wild caught" on them....I wouldn't be surprised if the food industry bended the term "wild caught" but until I find out I'm gonna assume there good quality.
'Wild caught'- "Caught by native humans and machinery of the wild earth in 99% clear crystal blue waters of a factory farm in wild America." ---I wouldn't put it past em.