Wild-Caught vs Farm-Raised Fish

November 04, 2020

Wild Caught/Farm Raised Fish


Fish is one of our favorite proteins due to its high volume of nutritional benefits and healthy fat content but the question that we often get is what the REAL differences between wild-caught and farm-raised fish are? Which of the two is the superior type? Well, we’re here to provide you with all the necessary information you will need to make the best decision for yourself! 

Pros of Wild-Caught Fish 

Let’s start by clarifying what “wild-caught” really means and all the benefits that come with it. Wild Caught fish are attained from a fresh body of water (lake, ocean, river) with no added preservatives or manipulated environments. The benefit of this would be that it features more natural nutrients and less tampering from external forces. It also contains higher amounts of Omega-6s, as well as magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium. If you’re looking to lose some weight or a less caloric fish then we suggest going for wild-caught because it has fewer calories and saturated fats which can help you throughout your weight loss journey. 

Pros of Farm-Raised Fish 

Now let’s move on to the pros of farm-raised fish! Farm-raised is when the fish are raised in a controlled environment where their purpose is to be mass-produced. By being a byproduct of being farm-raised, stores will often sell this type of fish at a lower price and it's also been found to be more widely available. They contain more nutrients and fats since they are fed a strict diet. This is a great option if you’re looking for fish that contain a higher volume of Omega-3s and Omega-6s. 

Cons of Wild-Caught Fish

Wild Caught fish is great in terms of providing the best health benefits with a lower fat percentage but… when it comes to the environment it's a different story! Wild-caught fish leave a bigger carbon footprint and are depleting the fish population because of how sought-after they are. It has also been found that wild-caught fish have a higher level of mercury which can have negative effects on your health if consumed too regularly. 

Cons of Farm-Raised Fish

Farm-Raised fish are known to be a bit more problematic than wild-caught fish. These fish are known to be raised in a controlled environment that often contains antibiotics and pesticides which can be detrimental to your health. It contains three times the amount of saturated fat than wild-caught fish and is much more calorically dense.  

Now that you have both sides to each kind of fish, it’s up to you to make the best decision for yourself! At Second City Prime, we have a multitude of different types of fish and seafood options for you to choose from - all individually sealed and delivered frozen! 

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