This is tough. Lasprogata says, “For way too long there’s been this surprising attitude: Fishermen believed that fisheries belonged to them, and that has led to collapse, over and over again. Yellow Perch taken through the ice or from really cold water. From food co-ops, farmers markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA), to whole aisles (and grocery stores) devoted to natural, organic, local and sustainable produce—Americans and legal protections have quickly evolved to begin averting the worst problems of industrial agriculture. But the “imported Alaskan King Crab” is not actually Alaskan, it’s the unprotected crab from Russia. Why it's bad: This popular fish from the Gulf of Mexico is just starting to recover from overfishing. Why it's bad: Problems associated with our eating too many sharks happen at all stages of the food chain, says Cufone. Chum (Oncorhynchus keta) is also called dog salmon for its dog-like teeth.Keta comes from its species name and is a way to get away from the negative association chum sometimes has. Also if anyone knows where I could get some fingerlings shipped to hawaii. Dubbed a "living fossil," the endemic fish has existed for a staggering 100 million years now, throughout which it has remained relatively unaffected by any evolutionary change. Otherwise I love trout. I wouldn't feed a weakfish to a starving homeless person! Wild Salmon (Pacific or Atlantic), preferably brushed with olive oil and grilled over a smoky alderwood fire. Suckers. How good any particular fish tastes is highly subjective, so if you ask 10 different anglers what their favorite wild fish to eat is, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Further, it tends to be high in mercury levels. They are not as prevalent as the other two fish mentioned, but if you can find them, they are well worth the challenge. Or, try Asian carp, an invasive species with a similar taste to catfish that's out-competing wild catfish and endangering the Great Lakes ecosystem. And recently out West, one of this country’s finest conservationists, fishing educator, angler and tackle shop owner who kept his trophy-of-a-lifetime brown trout, was treated in some circles to bodily threats, boycotts, and some of the ugliest comments I’ve seen. Why it's bad: According to Cufone, tuna is bad news all around. Seafood, however, is more slippery. Why it's bad: Chilean Sea Bass, the commercial name for Patagonian Toothfish, was nearly fished to commercial extinction, are still considered a fish to avoid. Best and Worst Choices. Even if you see orange roughy for sale, or labeled as “sustainably harvested” avoid it. Started by cougar91, December 15, 2009. )Eat this instead: For your tuna salad, substitute tinned sardines (they’re Seafood Watch recommended, and are one of the healthiest fishes you can eat) or even organic tinned chicken, such as Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast. Walleye in any of a dozen ways, broiled, fried, sautéed. If you know for sure that your crab is actually from Alaska, says Cufone “you’re okay.” That’s because these crabs are actually two different critters. Shad (American). Furthermore, the two varieties of Vietnamese catfish sold in the U.S., Swai and Basa, aren't technically considered catfish by the federal government and therefore aren't held to the same inspection rules that other imported catfish are. A long time back somebody served me a piece of one as a cruel joke. But it’s extremely important to think about where the fish comes from, because those factors affect not only your health, but also the future of wild fish stocks, which we and countless other species depended on for our survival. On Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Zimmern seeks out food cultural traditions in the locales he visit, and if it means snacking on fresh cow placenta or a still-beating frog’s heart, he’ll swallow it down without a second thought. As a kid, I wasn't real good with fish identification. That's not because wild-caught Atlantic salmon wouldn't be fabulous if we could get it, but the Atlantic salmon sold commercially are all farm-raised. Among anglers and people who cook the fish that they catch as opposed to the catch and release method; the common answer is the larger the fish the worse it gets (taste-wise). Maybe the best eating fish is the best handled, or maybe it reflects where they're caught. Especially larger ones. But cod had the worst season in 2016 in years, with serious catch depletion.” Atlantic cod stocks collapsed in the mid-1990s and are in such disarray that the species is now listed as one step above endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Well, that depends. However, I was glad that this fish made the list. Take my word on this. It is made from aged stockfish (air-dried whitefish), or dried and salted cod, pickled in lye. These fish have long been on the trouble list.”. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Eat this instead: Wild caught Pacific salmon generally have less of the problems than Atlantic. OK, anybody have candidates for either of these lists? I like to eat fresh water fish immediately after cleaning them. They are the most beautiful but the worst tasting IMO. It's responsibly farmed and plentiful, making it one of the best fish you can eat. Flesh is sweet but the rats nest of bones makes it hardly worthwhile. The former Director of the Fish Program of Food and Water Watch, Cufone’s mission is redirecting consumers toward healthy, sustainable fish-eating. I've had a solid variety of freshwater & saltwater fish, and Walleye is by far the best tasting of them all. WORST. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Hell I … Herring is known for having a stronger taste. It’s also a sustainable seafood: the Alaskan salmon fishery—America’s main source of wild salmon—is managed to ensure the plentiful return of wild fish in the future. 5. Why it's bad: Orange Roughy has been so overfished that many restaurant chains still refuse to serve it. Sorry sushi fans! All rights reserved. Anyway, here are my choices for the six best and worst eating fish. I'm not a fisherman but my Dad pointed out to me that a fish I caught (in the ocean) was Pickeral and not good eating because it was "fishy" tasting and very boney. How Much Fish Should You Really Be Eating? In order from best tasting to worst tasting, what is your list of lepomis spicies. Most freshwater eel comes from farms that pollute; the population of wild eels is in decline. Add your own top list of things. Plus, “If you see sea scallops that are a uniform size and shape, you may be looking at shark.” Shark-finning is illegal in the U.S., but its practice in other areas is causing devastation in shark-populations worldwide, Eat this instead: Among the recommendations for shark alternatives are Pacific halibut and Atlantic mackerel. We expected them to taste similar to salmon seeing ad how closely they're related but they were the least "fishy" tasting fish that we'd ever eaten. “If there’s nothing else to pay attention to, know this: Imported fish are almost never inspected for filth.” Nearly 90 percent of the catfish imported to the U.S. comes from Vietnam, where use of antibiotics that are banned in the U.S. is widespread. Good Housekeeping participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Food and Water Watch's guide notes that these fish are high in mercury, as well. It is a long lived fish, that takes ten to twenty years to reach maturity—which means populations take a long time to recover, and fish tend to accumulate toxins like mercury of lengthy time periods. Lutefisk (Norwegian, pronounced [ˈlʉ̂ːtfɛsk] in Northern and parts of Central Norway, [ˈlʉ̂ːtəˌfɪsk] in Southern Norway; Swedish, lutfisk pronounced [ˈlʉ̂ːtfɪsk]; Finnish: lipeäkala [ˈlipeæˌkɑlɑ]) is dried whitefish (normally cod, but ling and burbot are also used).