Types Of Farm Raised Fish

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Consumers enjoy a variety of farm raised fish such as Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, tilapia, catfish and cobia.

Atlantic salmon is one of the most well known farm raised fish species.
Atlantic salmon are produced in the USA, UK, Chile, Norway, Canada, Ireland and Iceland. These beautiful fish are available head-on and dressed, as roasts, skin-on or skin-off fillets, fillet portions, and steaks. Salmon products are also available with smoked portions and canned chunks being among the most common types. Farm raised salmon has a milder, more delicate flavor than wild salmon. The
flesh is lighter colored than wild salmon, moderately firm and flaky. Atlantic salmon steaks, fillets and whole fish can be baked, broiled, poached or grilled.

The rainbow trout is popular worldwide as a farmed fish. About 500,000 metric tons are produced annually by aquaculture facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe and other countries. In the USA, trout farms produce approximately $80 million of trout annually. Most American trout are grown in Idaho, New York, Pennsylvania and California. In Canada, Ontario is the leading province in terms of production. In 2006, Ontario produced 4,250 metric tons of rainbow trout worth more than
$16 million.

Tilapia is one of the most popular types of farmed fish. This fish is easily
grown and well liked by consumers due to its firm flesh and mild flavor. The worldwide demand for tilapia has increased rapidly during the last decade. Tilapia sales have surpassed rainbow trout in the U.S. and is now among the most popular farm raised fish consumed in the nation.

Farm raised catfish is a popular meal item. They thrive in aquaculture environments and are well liked by consumers. American catfish catfish farms are located in the Mississippi Delta, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. The combined production acreage of these four states makes up 94 percent of American catfish aquaculture operations. Farm raised catfish is low in calories and fat, yet a good source of protein.

Farm raised cobia are becoming popular as improved technology has made them widely available. Farm raised fish range from 6-20 pounds, although wild adult fish can reach more than 100 pounds and
nearly 6 feet in length. Cobia are brown above, with a very visible dark stripe along the lateral line, and white below. Cobia is very easy to fillet with white, flaky, mild tasting meat. The steaks are suitable for baking, broiling, grilling and recipes calling for mild white fish.