Fresh Fish

We eat so well after passages, it’s crazy!  We caught one almaco jack on the transit from Daytona Beach to Ft. Lauderdale, and some little mangrove snapper when we fished in the mangroves in John Pennekamp State Park, but almost every big fish we’ve caught since we got to the Keys has been a mackerel, with the exception of one little tunny (in the Tuna family) last week on our way to Indian Key.

We are SO happy to eat fresh-caught wild fish.  I stopped eating fish from super markets in the U.S. unless I knew it was fresh-caught and not farmed– which is surprisingly hard to find when you REALLY start looking.  I suggest you pay attention next time you buy fish at the supermarket or “Big Box” store…. you should know where your fish comes from!

My day of reckoning happened when we were shopping at Sam’s Club, about 18 months ago.  Typically, they always have salmon, and I always bought the salmon; however one day, totally on chance, as we went to pick up some salmon from the seafood case, they had two types of salmon, side-by-side.

On the left:  wild-caught sockeye salmon from the U.S. On the Right:  Farmed salmon... raised in Chile, and packaged in Norway.  REALLY!  What is the carbon footprint of this salmon!

On the left: wild-caught sockeye salmon from the U.S.
On the Right: Farmed salmon… raised in Chile, and packaged in Norway. REALLY! What is the carbon footprint of this salmon!

 

Here’s the close-ups off the labels, in case you need more convincing.  The anemic-looking salmon on the right is actually COLORED!  OK, it’s ACTUALLY really large and swollen-looking, compared to the wild-caught salmon next to it.  But, when farmed salmon is sitting side-by-side with fresh salmon…. it raises a lot of questions.  Because farm-raised salmon does not get the typical diet of a wild salmon, and they’re overfed to get them big– quick,  it does not get that great pink-red color.  SO, farmers add coloring (carotenes, like beta-carotene in carrots!), so that it looks vaguely like a salmon, and the consumer can recognize it as such.

Wild-caught salmon

Wild-caught salmon

Farm-raised salmon

Farm-raised salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s REALLY interesting is that I got SO excited for this wild-caught salmon…. and Sam’s Club NEVER carried it again.  It probably raised too many questions with respect to the farmed stuff that they typically carry, as it did for me!

As a result, we are SO HAPPY to be catching fresh fish in the wild– and EATING fresh fish that are eating a normal evolutionary diet, and not being fed antibiotics to forestall crazy infections that happen in farm-raised fish.  Their flesh is not being injected with coloring and additives to make them look more like the fish they’re supposed to be, after the fact. And, they’re of a normal size:  they’re not over-fed for a quick sale, and therefore, overgrown.

And the FISH!!

 

 

And the Meals!

 

 

We LOVE eating this well.

By the way, so do the dogs.  We’ve started cooking the small extra bits that we produce when we’re prepping our fish for dinner, and mix it into the dogs’ kibble.  OMG.  They eat and then quickly fall into a “doggie food coma.”  – if there was such a thing as doggie nirvana, this has to be close to it.

 

 

We know exactly how they feel.

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2 Responses to Fresh Fish

  1. Jeff Redinger says:

    Livin’ the dream! Keep posting the adventure and experiences and watch out for pirates :-)