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An example of why we need truth in seafood labeling

Old 02-25-2019, 09:43 AM
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I buy my bait at the local Grand Asia Market. Their seafood counter is impressive with fish and shellfish from all over the place but they usually have good prices on squid and a variety of fish I have not seen in a while.

So I stopped in yesterday to stock up on squid and saw a sign for live "monkfish", $8.99 / lb.

I have never seen oyster toads (aka.. hackleheads) being sold anywhere before.



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can't say I've ever read anything properly translated from asian languages to english

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So what are the regs on possession of live stripers in a fish house?
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People eat them!!?? Nasty.
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haha, know a guy making good money selling those things to the asian markets....
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So what are the regs on possession of live stripers in a fish house?
Farm raised hybrid striped bass have no limits

You should see the tilapia tanks too
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Saw a cooking show on tv where someone cooked a oyster toad at a restaurant and they were talking about how good they tasted (white firm meat) and how people think of them as trash fish...... Lobster used to be considered trash fish at one time. Id try it at least once or twice
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They really aren't bad and real easy to clean... I cooked some up last summer.
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Try Blowfish next. Excellent!
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Originally Posted by SeaNile Boater View Post
Try Blowfish next. Excellent!
I have been eating blowfish for over 40 years, they are fantastic.

I have heard that oyster toads were like mini monkfish, but never have tried them and doubt I ever will
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With everyone on the block decked out with quads, side scan sonar, radar, G3 Vision charts, etc....soon from now we will all be bragging at THT about our catch of oyster toads and grunts....
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A long time ago (~50 yrs)while cod fishing we would catch “trashfish” most folks referred to as All-mouth. Some were quite large. Nobody would dare eat them. 10-15 years went by and I start seeing Monkfish on restaurant menus. Actually a type of Angler fish. Turns out they were our old trashfish, the All-mouth. Similar story for Blowfish in southern waters. Now we are seeing more folks trying things like Oyster Crackers and Sea Robins. Such is life.
Back to the original topic. Mis-identification of fish in markets and restaurants is definitely a problem that should be addressed. Cleaned and Packaged product is very risky. Beware the counterfeit known as Escolar.

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we have a thread 'organic food vs. pesticide laden, low nutrition, conventional food' as the main base.

Do we want to discuss here 'safe fish to eat vs. pesticide laden, Mercury laden, bacteria laden, farm raised, pelagic, and bottom feeders, and bacteria filtering oysters, low nutrition. and other shellfish contamination'??
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Originally Posted by SeaNile Boater View Post
Try Blowfish next. Excellent!
My kids who won't eat anything will eat blow fish.
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Have starting to hear more about people eating cow nose rays as well. From what everyone has said they are supposed to be pretty good. I think the Blowfish secret is pretty much out. Most people know they are excellent!
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Originally Posted by ECU_Pirate View Post
Have starting to hear more about people eating cow nose rays as well. From what everyone has said they are supposed to be pretty good. I think the Blowfish secret is pretty much out. Most people know they are excellent!
Stingrays are pretty good can be a bitch to clean but tastes sweet like a scallop almost. Cleaning is time consuming, of course like anything im sure there is a secret to cleaning
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I have heard the same thing. I almost tried it last summer, maybe this one coming up I get around to it.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:11 PM
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Blow Fish ... The Chicken of the sea......
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Well right here in this one thread I believe we've had the same fish referred to as "oyster cracker," "oyster toad" and "all-mouth." No wonder there's confusion and mislabeling.

And yes, I always thought those were a trash fish growing up back east. Who knew they were a delicacy!
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It's all Andrew Zimmern's fault!
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