Wild-Caught Seafood

What is wild-caught seafood? Wild-caught seafood is fish, shellfish, shrimp, lobsters, and other seafood that is actually caught by fishermen as opposed to people artificially reproducing and raising seafood like fish in enclosures on land or in the open sea. There is nothing artificial about wild-caught seafood because fish and other marine animals reproduce and grow on their own.

However, in the past decades, the ocean has not been able to sufficiently supply the demand for natural seafood, and advances in biology has led marine biologists to find ways to reproduce and raise fish in captive in large tanks. This soon led to the commercialization of farm-raised seafood.

Currently, if we go to the grocery store there is a variety of seafood that is farm-raised. Today, the most common farm-raised seafood that I see at grocers are tilapia, shrimp, and catfish. Although there are still wild-caught versions of those seafood, it is very rare to come across them.

On the other hand, common wild-caught seafood that I see at the store are salmon, whiting, cod, tuna, pollock, flounder, octopus, and squid. There are some farm-raised salmon at the grocers, but there is enough wild-caught salmon at stores, so we do not have to look that hard. A sure way to make sure you are buying wild-caught seafood is to look at the package. Most seafood processed in the U.S. has a label stating whether it is farm-raised or wild-caught. In addition, it is hard to distinguish wild-caught seafood from farm-raised seafood when bought at the seafood department at grocery stores, where workers attend to customers asking seafood by the pound, because it may not be properly labeled.

So, for a person that has an addiction, would consuming farm-raised seafood trigger a craving? I believe so, and I have consciously been avoiding farm-raised seafood. I have not rigorously experimented between wild-caught seafood and farm-raised seafood when I used to drink alcohol heavily and use crack cocaine, so I cannot give anybody a definitive answer. However, reading literature about how people raise and grow fish by feeding them antibiotics and hormones helps me to understand that farm-raised seafood is not that healthy to eat.

In conclusion, since there is enough wild-caught seafood at affordable prices, I have been eating wild-caught seafood exclusively, and I avoid eating farm-raised seafood. And I think that helps me with staying clean and sober.