Yesterday, Quartz reported that salmon prices are about to surge across the globe. It's all due to a pretty gnarly infestation of lice that began in Scotland and Norway, the latter of which is the world’s most fertile producer of salmon. Now, the lice outbreak has ballooned to produce a global salmon shortage, resulting in a price hike for salmon in grocery stores. I'm afraid it doesn't show signs of slowing down. As these swarms of lice are ravaging salmon prices, they're proving dangerously difficult to curb for salmon farmers, too, who've begun to seek solace in synthetic pesticides and de-lousing “lumpsucker” fish as deterrents for the outbreak. None of these options have worked well.
Sucks for salmon lovers, right? Well, one solution for salmon-hungry consumers is to just wait this lice infestation out, eliminate salmon from your diet for the time being, and hope for the best. Another is to get more frugal about your salmon shopping, eating it less regularly, or identifying special occasions on which you can consume it. Or, you could just eat other fish that’s even cheaper than salmon.
There's an endless bounty of options, really. Anchovies and frozen fish sticks; tuna and sardines. Consider, too, bluefish, catfish, cod, herring, mackerel, tilapia. Even if you're someone who normally swears by salmon, these recipes may be enough to carry you (and your wallet) over until this infestation dies down. Whenever that happens.
Have a favorite dish with a fish that doesn't cost too much? Let us know in the comments.