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Jun 8, 2013 10:50 AM

Wild Alaskan salamon

Hi, does anyone have a clue where i can find wild Alaskan salmon anywhere in montreal. I haven't looked yet but just wondering. Im strictly in search for Alaskan salmon because most salmon is farmed and even if it says wild on the label its said that 6 out of 8 companies that state wild on it are actually farmed in the Atlantic ocean so there are loopholes to be able to put wild on the label and farmed salmon is awful. Alaskan does not permit to farming salmon so any clues where to find any. Vital Choice sells it but unfortunately doesn't ship to Canada.

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  1. Not sure if you are looking for canned or fresh; I have seen Raincoast Trading brand at PA and at Rachelle-Bery but I haven't been able to fork over the $$ to give it a try. I think I have bought fresh at Shamrock in Jean Talon market before but not 100% sure.

    1. Commercial Atlantic salmon does not exist, all 100% of Atlantic salmon is 100% completely farmed. There is some decent Atlantic "organic" Salmon from Norway

      As for Alaskan, I've been on the lookout too but can't say I've tried very hard. As stak mentioned some of the health food stores carry frozen wild from the Pacific, not sure if it's BC or Alaskan. I too have had a hard time justifiying the price. I've seen it at Tau.

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      1. re: JerkPork

        You can find King Salmon, Coho and a few others at fishmongers, some supermarkets and Costco (under the Copper River brand) when it's in season. Out of season, it seems pretty hard to find, but then again if it's out of season...

        1. re: SnackHappy

          The problem is that some unscrupulous fishmongers may try to pass off farmed salmon (always the Atlantic species, no matter where it was farmed) as wild Pacific species like king (chinook) or coho. To the uninitiated they all look pretty similar, especially if you're looking at fillets or steaks, not a whole fish.

          Sockeye, with its deep red flesh and smaller size, is the easiest to identify visually.

          Pink salmon is also relatively easy to ID and may show up here from time to time, but it's less interesting and desirable than sockeye etc. However, it has the virtues of being always wild and (as far as I know) sustainable.

      2. I have tried every brand of canned wild salmon I could get my hands on and the best, imo, was Vital Choice. I did try the Raincoast - not bad, but the Vital Choice was usually full of a lot of that deep orange oil - a lot less 'dry' than other brands. It ain't cheap, but few of them were.