People love eating fish and it has been part of our diet since ancient time. Nowadays, people have the luxury to choose what kind of fish they want to eat and in what way to prepare it. However, there are some types of fish that are not safe to consume and we all should stay away from them.
Here are the twelve most important to stop eating immediately and the reasons why.
- Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna was investigated by some of the news media and they found that this tuna contains dangerously high levels of mercury. They are approaching extinction and are listed as “critically endangered”.
- Atlantic Flatfish
The group known as Atlantic flatfish include flounder, sole and halibut from the Atlantic. They are not only contaminated, they are far too few to be fished. The population is only 1% of what it needs to be to sustain fishing.
- Atlantic Cod
The people in England who make their living from this type of fish fly into a fury at the suggestion of avoiding them, but this species is only one step from being on the endangered list.
- Atlantic Salmon
Due to the population problems, both wild and domestic salmon should be avoided. The salmon is actually illegal to capture. If you are considering to purchase farmed salmon, don’t, because of the cruel conditions in which they are bred, but also due to perpetuates disease, parasite infections and other problems that require fish to be filled with antibiotics and pesticide.
- Imported King Crab
The king Crab usually is imported from Russia but unfortunately, these crustaceans are often labeled Alaskan king crab nonetheless.
Even though Alaskan king crab is safe to eat, because those populations are being watched and replenished, important king crab still continues to suffer decline.
As a result of over fishing, bit dams, water pollution and the slow maturity rate, caviar is definitely in danger, so people should stop purhasing it and consuming it.
Sharks also suffer from dangerous mercury levels, but just like spiders, sharks help keep fish populations down that eat some of the fish most eaten and sharks could disappear if fishing continues.
- Orange Roughy
This type of fish beside being full of mercury, it takes decades to reach maturity and propagate which is why they are also in severe danger of disappearing.
- Imported Shrimp
One of the dirtiest seafood items available are the imported shrimp. That, and the fact that only 10% of the shrimp in the U.S. isn’t imported, is reason enough to avoid them.
- Chilean Sea Bass
People should definitely come to their senses and stop purchasing Chilean sea Bass, because most of the sea bass sold in the United States was caught illegally and it will be gone within five years if the consumption of this fish doesn’t stop.
- American Eel
Another types of fish that has high levels of mercury and PCB’s and the farms where they are bred are extremely polluted. Moreover, they are also near endangered population levels.
- Imported Catfish
Vietnam is the main supplier of catfish in the U.S. and it comes from places where dangerous antibiotics are used in fish farms, antibiotics that are banned in the United States.