A Guide to Eating Fish Safely

Fishing with Wesley HutchingsWith nearly 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Wesley Hutchings currently serves as the vice president of purchasing at Fort Lauderdale-based Hutchings Automotive Products, SA LLP. In his free time, Wesley Hutchings likes to explore different cuisines and foods. Wes Hutchings especially enjoys eating fresh fish.

Fish and seafood are enjoyed all over the world, but consumers do not often think about the health and environmental impacts of their choices. As a rule of thumb, the Food and Water Watch recommends that Americans ask themselves a few important questions before buying or consuming seafood. First, is the product caught or farmed locally? How is it caught or farmed, and is it associated with any contaminants? In general, it is better to eat local fish rather than fish shipped from faraway locations. It is also better to eat wild rather than farmed fish, and to avoid fish that are associated with mercury, antibiotics, and PCBs. Imported shrimp are often heavily contaminated as they are farmed in areas associated with high chemical use and environmental destruction. If farmed fish must be consumed, it is better to purchase fish that have been farmed in the United States in low- or no-output recirculating systems. When dining out at seafood restaurants, diners can ask to sample local and sustainable fish.