There are so many issues with fish today. Between risk of radiation and uncertain origins, buying fish is tough. While it’s it’s tough to feel like you’re buying a sustainable breed, and now it’s even more difficult. Today the New York Times reported that many fish sellers are passing unsustainable species for sustainable or pricier fish.
It’s not like beef, pork, or turkey, where you know what the breed of the meat is. Fish isn’t easy for the consumer to recognize, and there has to be more trust between the purveyor and the consumer. When a shopper thinks they’re buying grouper but in fact it’s catfish, it’s a problem. The responsibility lies with everyone on the chain of command, from the fisherman to the supplier to the man behind the counter at the fishmonger.