O Fish How Art Thou Fishified!

20 Mar


I knew I was right about fish!

When I was a child I hated fish because to me it always tasted fishy which was not a flavor that I enjoyed. My dad however, loved fish and he would always have me try different types of fish to see if there was one that I perhaps liked better than the others. For my dad each fish had its own taste but for me?…All I could taste was fishy. Fish tasted like fish and even when my dad would try to tell me that this new fish that I should taste would taste like chicken all my taste buds could taste was fish. Yuck, send it back to the ocean and give me the chicken please.

Now that I’ve grown up…I still don’t like fish but I feel that I have finally been vindicated in my culinary discerning of flavor and taste because according to several recent studies and investigations More than one-fifth of 190 pieces of seafood  bought at retail stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were mislabeled as different species of fish, incompletely labeled, or misidentified by employees.

and guess what? Even though Americans spent $80.2 billion on seafood last year Nobody could taste the difference…so take that you Long John Silver lovers!

And according to Oceana’s seafood studies this is not just a regional problem but also a nationwide issue. Their findings showed that 58 of 81 retail outlets sold mislabeled fish. That’s over 70%!  And 100 percent of the 16 sushi bars tested sold mislabeled fish.

I knew there was something fishy about sushi!

But it gets worse…In small markets Tilefish, on the FDA’s do-not-eat list because of its high mercury content, was often substituted for snapper and halibut and 94 percent of all “white tuna” was not tuna at all. In fact Red Snapper was the most often mislabeled fish or the one that could not be identified at all. Talk about a fishamajig!

And if you like Atlantic Halibut then you really shouldn’t buy that at all. Why? Because Atlantic Halibut is all but extinct these days…but don’t despair because it tastes just like Pacific Halibut which is pretty much the same thing even though it’s not the same thing but apparently you won’t be able to taste the difference because…fish tastes like fish!

And do not plunk down any money for the Blue fin Tuna unless you are paying about $2,000 per fish or around 65 bucks per pound because the world has eaten just about all there is of that “chicken of the sea”. If you purchase Blue Fin at a great price you’re probably getting something else that tastes like…you know. But according to FDA officials, it’s acceptable for various species of tuna to be labeled as Ahi tuna as long as that “doesn’t confuse consumers.”

Hey! What’s this whale doing in my Whaler?

However, anyone wishing to avoid seafood high in mercury should take note: The mercury content of different tuna species that may be labeled as Ahi tuna can vary. According to the FDA some tunas have twice the mercury concentration as others and if you do some research on your own you’ll discover that you really shouldn’t be eating any tuna at all. Why?

BECAUSE IT HAS MERCURY IN IT! (as does most if not all fish but tuna is to mercury like water is to a sponge)

The FDA will tell you that there is a safe amount of mercury to eat but the tuna industry pays a   lot of money for marketing and advertising and lobbying the federal government to keep its product rolling off the shelves so you know how that goes when it comes to FDA standards.

They say one can a week is safe but if you are a young women who is pregnant or even thinking about having a child, I wouldn’t touch the stuff…I mean really mom…how much gravel and dirt will you tell your little children is safe to ingest later in life when they’re out on the playground?

But there is good news. Earthlings love fish so much, even though they can’t tell a Peruvian Sea Bass from a Patagonian Tilefish, that  according to more researchers, there will be no seaf­ood left to catch by 2048, except for jellyfish, which will thrive in the ocean’s future and collapsed ecosystem.

Luckily, they say th­at jellyfish have the same nutritional content as shrimp, which is pretty darn good because I hear that shrimp taste just like…chicken!

15 Responses to “O Fish How Art Thou Fishified!”

  1. Jae March 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    lol! Now I’m wondering if I could tell the difference between certain fishes—not that I’m much of a fish connoisseur. I used to hate fish too, but a friend started me on tilapia, a very mild fish, and now there are certain fishes I can eat. Salmon is usually a no though. Still too fishy.

    It’s unfortunate that pretty much everything we eat is tainted in one way or another. Whether genetically altered veggies and fruits, ammonia sprayed chicken, beef from cows that eat cows (shudder), etc. etc. etc. Have you ever looked into Monsanto and how crazy evil they are? I swear they’re going to cause a world famine one of these days with the way they’re modifying seeds. Scary business.

  2. GiRRL_Earth March 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    I think the great Philanthropist Philip Wollen said it best, oceans are the lungs of the planet, when they die, we die. http://youtu.be/LJ1pFSnU9Pc

  3. Bubbly Tee March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    wonderful topic, as my body happens to be digesting some shrimp this very moment..lol 🙂

    I dont consume any of the fish you mentioned here, but I do eat salmon (u tried the salmon salad at Panera bread…?…its great)…and I prefer rainbow trout and bass (caught here in my state)…

    and unlike you, (sorry about your tastebuds being not as discriminating as mine, dear boy)…I can taste the difference. One day my brother friend catfish and bass (both of which he had caught in our lake) and I could def distinguish in flavor and texture, prefering the bass.

    I dont eat tuna; reminds me of catfood and it does smell kinda funkeee…ugh. …:)

    I put lime juice on any fish i bake or grill. it does cut aroma and flavor.

    As for sushi, i only eat the california rolls. I make my own sushi salad with everything thats on the california roll except the rice.

    I wont give up seafood..as long as i can find healthy sources…it is loaded with vit B12…needed for energy..which i need much of these days.

  4. Malcolm Greenhill March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    In addition, even if you pay big bucks there is no guarantee that you are eating a wild fish. Farmed salmon, for example, often escape and breed with wild salmon contaminating the gene pool.

  5. crankycaregiver March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    The only fish I like is Snook, which isn’t served or sold commercially. It is the least fishiest fish I’ve tasted. Now, shellfish, watch out..I love all of them from shrimp to crab to lobster.

  6. Bubbly Tee March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    p.s. i have a new blog address:


  7. onnovocks March 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I think mislabeled fish is all about price, but did you know that they inject pork with water? That doesn’t increase the price of pork, but water is heavy…and who checks the water for contaminants? It’s peculiar that with the advance of technology our food supply seems more threatened than ever, fishy or not. I guess we will all be eating the contaminants we dumped in the environment for years to come, and the Mercury?…well, that’s what made the Hatter mad.

  8. brandeesbest.com March 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I just picked up a brochure on this subject yesterday at my town hall; shows you that we haven’t come all that far from “The Jungle”. Google “pink slime” and you will see.

  9. Coach Muller March 21, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    In today’s day and age…nobody can be certain what they are eating any more.

  10. roaddogmedia March 21, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Fish = death or near death for me anyway.

    Now I have one more argument besides “it will kill me” when people in Vancouver INSIST that I go for sushi with them…

    Thanks for posting!

  11. Anne Chia March 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Salmon is great! Someone should cook it in wonderful earthy spices and serve you chunks of it in a plate of jollof rice, it would taste just like chicken 🙂

  12. Susanna March 22, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Jellyfish is actually pretty good. Maybe wont taste so fishy to you. 🙂

  13. stephglaser April 3, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    Funny and informative! Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by Travel Oops! Cheers.

  14. gpicone August 27, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on ipledgeafallegiance and commented:

    We love fish here at the Jersey Shore (well at least some do)but how many fish are left in the ocean? Here’s something I wrote 3 years ago and yet Red lobster still has “all you can eat”!? Any thoughts?

    • emmylgant August 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

      If there is a buck to be made now, it doesn’t matter if we starve and die tomorrow. We’re just a very greedy and foolish species… zthe aberration in nature.😕

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