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What's the difference between "wild caught" and "wild"? Is there one?

I noticed the other day, a sign advertising "wild caught filets".

Is there a difference between, say, a "wild caught salmon" and just "wild salmon"?

I mean, is it possible that a fish be "wild" but not "wild caught"? Like, could a fishing boat go out to sea looking for wild fish, and then use "farmed" techniques to catch the fish?

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  1. I'm in the business look at it this way.
    virtually every single reference to seafood, by all media outlets and nearly all industry players, lists a product as "farm-raised" or "wild-caught."
    keep it simple, drop the "raised" and "caught." Products are either farmed or wild.

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    1. re: pancettabelly

      Yeah - I just wanna find those wild filet critters runnin' around out there...

      1. re: pancettabelly

        The moniker I think you might be referring to is "line-caught" This is superior to the commercial method of dragging nets, because there are fewer "extra" fish caught when no net is involved.