EP 592 | AIRED 06/06/2022
June 06th, 2022 - Alaska Sockeye is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of food that we know - this is according to Ray Hilborn (a fisheries scientist and professor at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences).
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[Ray Hilborn Video Recording]
“It’s always the ratio, how are we compared to other things. For instance, the greenhouse gas footprint is lower than producing… a kilogram of Alaska Sockeye is lower than a kilogram of corn, it’s really quite good.”
"and just to wind-up and compare a Sockeye Sandwich from a fast food processor to what is being touted as the most environmentally friendly form of food that is the impossible whopper that is a vegetarian imitation of a hamburger - we're way under that, and now there's a big push for all these artificial fish being produced from plant products - they're never going to come close to the real thing. This study provides an opportunity for BBRSDA and the Alaska Salmon industry as a whole to really advertise their products as one of the most environmentally friendly forms of food that we know."
The main purpose of this study was to compare greenhouse gas and other impacts of Farmed Salmon from Norway to Alaskan Sockeye and Pink Salmon.
Some of the results from the study showed that Alaska Salmon had a much lower environmental footprint compared to Norwegian Farmed Salmon when measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide produced per kilogram of product from the start of the production process to the transport of goods to the final buyer.
Other environmental impacts that were touched upon included nutrient release, ecotoxicity, and land use.
And of these elements, in the case of farmed fish, it is actually the growing of crops for feed that has the most impact from fertilizers, pesticides, and extensive land use.