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Salmon Roe

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Salmon Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Chinook, Coho, Chum, Keta, King, Pink, Red, Silver & Sockeye Salmon, Sake Alaska Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Chinook, Coho, Chum, Keta, King, Pink, Red, Silver & Sockeye Salmon, Sake California, Oregon, Washington Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pink & Sockeye Salmon Fraser River, Washington Reefnet
Salmon Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Sockeye Salmon Fraser River (early Summer-run), Washington Reefnet
Salmon Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Chum, Pink, Chinook, Coho & Sockeye Salmon, Sake Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Salmon Roe Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Ikura Alaska Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll
Salmon, Atlantic Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Farmed Salmon, Sake Worldwide Farmed
Salmon, Atlantic: Verlasso (R) Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Verlasso (R) Chile Farmed
Salmon, Coho Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Sake, Silver Salmon Canadian Pacific Wild
Salmon, Coho Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Sake, Silver Salmon U.S. Farmed in Tank Systems


Salmon Roe, Wild, Alaska

Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is considered a "Best Choice" and the majority is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Salmon roe from this fishery is also a "Best Choice."

Consumer Note

Salmon roe prepared for sushi is known as ikura.

Summary

Pacific salmon in Alaska are among the most intensively managed species in the world, with excellent monitoring of the fish populations and the fishery.

Alaska salmon dominates West Coast salmon in the market. Over the past twenty years, Alaska has landed roughly 10 times as much salmon as California, Oregon and Washington combined.

Freshwater habitats in Alaska have remained relatively pristine, and salmon originating in Alaska do not face the same challenges as those in California and the Pacific Northwest, such as damming, deforestation and development. The current health of Alaska salmon and its habitat reflects the success of the state's management practices.

Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is a "Best Choice," due to the health and abundance of the population and effective management of the fishery and habitat.


Recipe Alternatives
Seafood Watch recommends wild-caught salmon from Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington as these are ocean-friendly choices.

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