Many wild fish advocates are quick to point to the melamine fish feed contamination as more evidence of the unreliability of farmed fish. But in our news, we report that the melamine laced feed went to hatcheries in both Oregon and Washington that raised chinook salmon-- and that these smolts were fed the contaminated feed.
The point here is not to trash hatchery fish -- which are considered "wild". But to say that the overall problem is bigger than wild vs. farmed. The issue of consumer trust and contamination applies to all seafood-- whether in relation to mercury in swordfish, tuna or halibut, or antibiotics and chemicals in farmed catfish and salmon.
We gain nothing by pointing fingers. We will have an editorial later today on the whole situaiton -- but food safety and economic integrity need to apply across the entire seafood industry - not just to one sector.