This looks like two different types of fishes, but in actual fact, they are both sea bass. The key difference is that one is wild and one is fresh. We have read so many articles comparing the differences between farmed and wild fishes, and we cannot objectively conclude which is better. Here are just some of our thoughts summarising the myriad of views out there on the net.
Is there a higher risk in eating farmed fish? In both wild and farmed fishes, we are faced with a multitude of unknowns. In farmed fishes, there's always a risk of extra hormones, pesticides and artificial dyes. However, as fish farms usually have more control over the purity of the water, farmed fishes may have a lower level of pollutants. In wild fishes, on the other hand, there is a higher risk of mercury and other contiminants.
Which tastes better? There are also arguments on taste as it is generally concluded that fishes from the wild taste more like the ocean while fishes that are farmed taste more artificial. Again, response on this is mixed as well. To be honest, even after tasting so many fishes, we can’t tell the difference in taste between farmed vs. wild fish too.
So what should we eat? It is always wise to stick to the principle of having everything in moderation in our diets. Be open to new seafood. If you decide that wild fish is the way to go, try out fishes that are in season. The best part about going to a fishmonger is that you can ask for seafood that is in season –- it’s better for healthy fish stocks and can be much cheaper for you to buy!