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Australia: What are the healthiest fish to eat?

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Created December 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

This is one thing I am really ignorant on. For starters I probably don't eat enough fish, but I'm going to change that, however, I'm aware that there is 'good' fish and 'bad' fish available commercially, and I'm sure this differs greatly in each part of the world, so I'm specifically asking what the deal is here in Australia.

I know pretty much all shellfish is good, you can't really go wrong there, but I really have no idea about stuff like salmon, tuna (canned or fresh), and what breeds contain the best Omega 3:6 ration and low exposure to chemicals and metals.

Is farmed fish always necessarily a bad thing? I've heard that it's not.

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on December 30, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Knock yourself out with Aussie salmon (not really salmon)! I should have been more specific.

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on December 30, 2012
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Hey thanks for the info man. I'm in Melb. Regarding the salmon, I always knew Atlantic Salmon was one to avoid, but I thought (and just checked the app to confirm) that Australian/Tassie Salmon is most definitely wild caught in nets, and it is labeled as a sustainable fish.

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on December 29, 2012
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Brilliant! There's a Sustainable Seafood Guide iPhone app!

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on December 29, 2012
at 01:24 AM

You can find your country here:

http://overfishing.org/pages/guide_to_good_fish.php

basically, like grass fed beef, you want to eat wild fish.

and here:

for the US:

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_regional.aspx?region_id=0

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on December 29, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Brilliant! There's a Sustainable Seafood Guide iPhone app!

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on December 30, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Where do you live? I'd recommend going to your local seafood market/shop and looking around. Stick to the fish caught in Australia and wild. They will be labelled or ask. Choose bottom-feeders over top-feeders most of the time and choose with sustainability in mind. This app is enormously helpful and essential.

Wild Australian barramundi is excellent in taste, can be prepared many ways, pairs incredibly well with Australian wine and native produce, is sustainable and an excellent source of omega-3. They are native to the top end where they feed mainly on plankton, mollusks, insects and crustaceans. Spanish mackerel is wild and prosperous where I'm from (Moreton Bay) and is an excellent frying fish (and oily).

Unfortunately all fresh salmon in Australia is farmed in Tasmania. They have been called the 'battery hens of the sea.' You will see a lot of game fish around that are wild and magnificent in look and taste. Sadly they are usually the most unsustainable.

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on December 30, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Knock yourself out with Aussie salmon (not really salmon)! I should have been more specific.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on December 30, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Hey thanks for the info man. I'm in Melb. Regarding the salmon, I always knew Atlantic Salmon was one to avoid, but I thought (and just checked the app to confirm) that Australian/Tassie Salmon is most definitely wild caught in nets, and it is labeled as a sustainable fish.

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