Welcome to Eat Local Fish®
Like crusty, fresh-baked bread, vegetables fresh from the moist earth, or fruits still dripping with dew from the tree, nothing can compare with the taste of fresh fish. But that’s not the only reason why we eat them.
Eating locally-caught fish from a reputable source is significantly healthier, safer, and more responsible than buying fish from the store or even eating them at a restaurant. This is because, according to NOAA’s 2011 estimates, over 90 percent of the seafood Americans consume does not come fresh from the ocean, or even from closely-regulated fish farms here in the U.S., but is either sourced or processed in foreign countries whose regulations are often vastly different than ours.
When the environment in which the fish were bred and raised is uncertain, the likelihood that your fish have been exposed to unsanitary conditions, were fed excessive amounts of antibiotics (either to combat the sicknesses that result from overcrowding or to fatten the fish faster), were fed substandard foods that decrease their nutritional potential, or were harvested in environmentally-unfriendly ways is much greater.
Another study published by Marine Policy, estimates that between 20 and 32 percent of imported wild-caught fish is caught illegally through “pirate fishing,” which means that even when your fish come from reputable countries of origin (as far as industry regulations go), a sizable portion of it may have bypassed all those regulations anyway!
Another consideration – especially when fishing for bottom feeders, which is our specialty – is that irresponsible fishing techniques can and have harmed the environment and the fish population. But when you buy from fishermen you know, you can enjoy your fish without guilt, confident in the ecologically-friendly fishing methods used to get your catch.
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Learn about your many options for fresh fish and get free recipes! Click on any of the fish in the image below to view more.