People have been enjoying salmon as a food ever since this beautiful fish appeared in the Earth's waters.
Like other fish, in addition to being consumed in fresh form, preservation techniques such as smoking or salting were used to preserve the salmon. Smoked salmon is still considered traditional fare in many cuisines throughout the world.
Since 1980, global salmon production has increased over 400% in volume, with over 2,400,000 metric tons of salmon being produced in 2004 compared with less than 600,000 metric tons in 1980. Most of this increase has come from production of farmed salmon. (The amount of farmed salmon in today's marketplace is more than 1,000,000 metric tons greater than it was in 1980.) Farmed salmon now accounts for more than 80% of the world's salmon supply. Within this changing salmon marketplace, North American wild salmon, which used to account for about half of the world's wild salmon supply, now only accounts for about 15%. The farming of salmon has increased dramatically in Europe, and Japan and Russia each currently farm about 500,000 tons of salmon.
The trend toward greatly increased salmon farming has been an ongoing concern to many researchers who study the ecological impact of farmed salmon, including the impact on wild salmon populations. Salmon farming has also concerned many researchers from a health standpoint. Farmed salmon - when raised in a non-sustainable way and without regard for the organic standards that exist in some countries outside the U.S. - have repeatedly been found to have measurable and undesirable amounts of numerous contaminants. Some researchers have raised the question of whether sustainable salmon farming is even possible, given the natural habits of salmon and the unique habitats that have historically supported their vitality.
Perfect crispy snack.
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1 (14 oz) can salmon
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cornmeal
salt and pepper, to taste
vegetable oil, for frying
Drain salmon, remove skin, bones and flake. Place salmon in a bowl, stir in eggs, cornmeal, salt and pepper, until blended.
Heat oil in skillet, over medium high heat. Drop salmon mixture by spoonfuls in hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels. Enjoy!
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