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Making the right choices when buying, serving and eating seafood can be very challenging. This month we are pleased to announce that help is on hand thanks to Sonja Tiegs.

Sonja Tiegs is conservation programs coordinator at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Her work can take her to local rivers and creeks to survey fish and mussel populations or to remote islands in the Bahamas where she assists during Shedd's annual rock iguana research expedition. Sonja also heads the aquarium's advocacy team, which helps shape institutional positions and actions on conservation and legislative issues. In that role, she has helped build Shedd's Right Bite program, which educates guests about sustainable seafood choices and guides internal policy for seafood purchases for the Aquarium's restaurants and the animal collection. Sonja attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received a B.S. in Biology and Conservation.

She's ready to answer your Seafood Questions. What's your question?

Questions So Far
April 2003
Have you ever heard of "Quo Haugs?" I understand it's supposed to be some kind of fish. Thanks, James
The Ocean Quahog (pronounced KO-hog) is a type of clam found in the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Cape Hatteras. They are very slow growing and long lived - 70 to 150 years! The quahog fishery is well regulated, but populations are still depleted (because they are so slow-growing). They are usually harvested with hydraulic dredges which unfortunately do a lot of damage to the ocean floor.

Can you tell me, does farmed salmon possess as much omega 3 as its wild counter part?
I'm not a nutritionist, but many fish are considered to be rich in the heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon in general, is one of the seafoods high on that list. Studies have shown that wild caught salmon can have as much as 2-3 times more Omega-3's than farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is also higher in unhealthy saturated fats than wild caught salmon.

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