Farmed Salmon — Bad. Actually, there are many more things than farmed salmon that are bad. At “Seafood Watch”:http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp, there is a huge “list”:http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_regional.asp. The long and short of it is that most things that are around like bay shrimp, chilean seabass, cod, orange roughy, etc. are really bad to eat.
Read the “All Fish”:http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_factsheet.asp list to see what the status of nearly every form of seafood is or download the wallet sized card.
Best choices are listed, but the best run fishery in the world is in Alaska, so pretty much anything Alaskan is going to be OK. But, John is right, it really pays to ask. Restauranteurs do take note, when you say, “I don’t eat farmed salmon, please find out from the chef where this salmon comes from and how it was caught.”