Salmon, Atlantic: Verlasso
(R) (Farmed, Chile)
Farmed Atlantic salmon from Verlasso® is a "Good Alternative". Many potential environmental problems exist with farming salmon in open pens; efforts to minimize these impacts by Verlasso® have reduced the degree of these concerns.
The majority of salmon farmed today are Atlantic salmon. A small quantity of Pacific salmon - Chinook and Coho - is also farmed. This recommendation only applies to farmed Atlantic salmon from Verlasso®, farmed in net pens in Chile. Salmon is known as sake when prepared for sushi.
Verlasso® is a proprietary brand of AquaChile, which is the largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in Chile. Chile is one of the world's top salmon producing countries. Verlasso® uses a genetically modified yeast as a feed ingredient, thereby reducing its reliance on fishmeal and fish oil from wild fish. The salmon are farmed at lower densities than typical industry standards, and while chemical use is lower than the norm in Chile, antibiotic and pesticide use for Verlasso remains a high concern.
Despite the open nature of its net pens, Verlasso® has demonstrated an improvement upon the issues surrounding pollution and habitat damage. Atlantic salmon are not native, but studies show these salmon are very unlikely to establish self-sustaining wild populations in Chile. While disease has caused production problems in Chile as a whole, the potential effects on wild Chilean fish are not currently a high concern and therefore the risk of impacts from both escape and disease events are now considered moderate.
The current practices of Verlasso® result in a "Good Alternative" recommendation.
Verlasso® Salmon is sold in the United States as the brands Verlasso® and Verlasso® Harmoniously Raised Fish.