The commercial seafood industry tells us that farm-raised fish should be shunned in favor of wild-caught. But that’s like a hunter’s association saying everyone should eat wild game because there’s no such thing as a healthy farm.
If you’re a fan of the podcast, you know regenerative agriculture proves that’s not true. Not all farms are created equally, and the same goes for fish farms.
As I learned during my mind-blowing chat with James Arthur Smith, you can raise healthy, incredibly nutritious seafood that helps restore ecosystems.
He’s the founder and CEO of Seatopia, a carbon-neutral, certified mercury-safe, and antibiotic-free seafood subscription box.
He enlightened me about regenerative aquaculture, how it boosts biodiversity, and what it means to improve underwater habitats.Done right, these healthy aquaculture projects are fish-attracting devices that make the environment cleaner and boost biodiversity rather than destroy it. - James Arthur Smith Click To Tweet
James explains why you should dive deeper than the farm-raised vs. wild-caught question and shares what you should ask instead to ensure the healthiest seafood hits your plate.
In this episode, you’ll also discover:
- How Shamu and a steelhead trout breeding and hatchery program ignited James’ passion for regenerative aquaculture
- When farm-raised is better than wild-caught fish
- The dark side of commercial and line-caught fishing
- How microplastics and heavy metals like mercury get into our water systems and move up the sealife food chain
- What sushi-grade fish means and why sushi chefs don’t work with fresh, wild-caught fish
- How the carbon footprints of farm-raised vs. wild-caught fish compare
- Best practices for freezing, storing, and using frozen fish
Mentioned in This Episode
- The Natural State Podcast Episode 171: Natalie Kovarik & Tara Vander Dussen – Using Regenerative Ag Practices in Different Regions, The Future of Regenerative Ag, Addressing Climate Change, and More
- The Natural State Podcast Episode 158: Dr. Stephan van Vliet – Comparing the Nutrient Density of Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed Meat
- The Natural State Podcast Episode 150: Richard Perkins – Creating Regenerative Agriculture Ecosystems