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Salmon; Atlantic (Salmo Salar)
Salmon are migratory fish, those based around Britain and Western Europe traveling thousands of miles to Greenland, before returning to the rivers of their birth to spawn and die. As well as the North Atlantic salmon, there are five other major species living in the Pacific.
Wild fish stocks are now seriously depleted (estimates are that they have been halved since 1980). They have been hit by over-fishing, plus pollution, climate change and dams. Only Norway, Iceland, Ireland - and to a lesser degree Scotland have healthy populations.
Salmon has the least saturated fat and cholesterol of any fish, and contains a valuable source of the highly beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids are effective in preventing serious cardiovascular conditions, such as hardening of the arteries, blood clots, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks and strokes.