March 10, 2021

Is wild salmon organic?

Per the original definition of the word, yes, wild salmon is organic in that it grows naturally without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents. However, under current rules, no wild seafood is certified organic; in the United States, the USDA “certified organic” declaration and label applies only to crops and animals raised on land. 

However, you may see “organic salmon” in your local grocery store because the European countries that raise farmed salmon in the North Atlantic, like Ireland or Scotland, operate their organic-certifying agencies differently. Although these “organic” farm-raised salmon may be fed organic feed, they are not a naturally occurring species and live in tightly-packed pens, among other negative attributes. 

The best bet for a healthy, natural product, is wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay.

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