Avoid these—always—for the sake of your central nervous system. (And for the sake of the planet.)
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3 Fish You Should Pass On
Sure, there's a certain thrill to eating delicacies—but that doesn't mean you should.
Take the following 3 fish: They're overfished, endangered, and can actually be bad for your health. Consider them off-limits, no matter what you hear.
1. Bluefin Tuna
Known as “hon-maguro” at the sushi bar, these fish are being perilously overfished due to Japanese demand. (The Atlantic bluefin is hurting as well.) Bottom line: They’re tasty as hell, but if you eat them you’re probably going to hell.
You're far better off choosing a different species of pelagic fish, like yellowtail, Pacific yellowfin tuna, or albacore (which is what you're really eating when you buy canned 'tuna.')
The endangered orange roughy, whose mild flavor is easily matched by any number of sustainable options, is a bottom dweller caught by trawls—huge nets that disturb important parts of the ocean floor and catch large amounts of by-catch.
You're far better off eating a more sustainable deep-water fish, like Arctic char, sole, or skate, which are just as tasty but not nearly as endangered.
These top-chain predators crucial to the marine ecosystem are preyed on by trawlers, fishers hunting them for shark-fin soup, and individual assholes. Also, shark meat is high in mercury—which can damage the central nervous system and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and children.