Is It Wild or Farmed? Like salmon, there are both wild and farmed species of arctic char. Most of the Char consumed in the U.S. is farmed and we sell a farmed product at The Lobster Place.
Where is it farmed? Arctic Char farms are primarily found in Canada, Iceland, and Northern Europe.
Where does The Lobster Place Source it? The Lobster Place procures Arctic Char through vendors in the New Fulton Fish Market as well as distributors in New England like Lewis Mills Seafood, Stavis Seafood and Dockside Seafood.
Is it sustainable? Arctic Char is farmed sustainably using land based, closed pond or tank recirculation systems. These systems pose a low risk of pollution, disease and habitat effects. There is a minor risk associated with the escape of farmed Arctic Char influencing the diversity of wild populations, and in some operations only sterile Arctic Char are raised. The feed ratio (the amount of dry feed required to produce one unit of wet fish in fish farms, typically expressed in pounds) for Arctic Char is 1.76:1.
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What is the flavor/texture profile? Mild salmon flavor, moderately firm texture, nice fattiness.
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