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May 13, 2010 10:22 AM

Do you prefer saltwater or freshwater fish?

As a group, do you prefer fresh or saltwater fish?

So, if your favorite fish is trout but your next 6 favorites are tuna, halibut, mackerel, sardines, salmon (most of the time), and swordfish, unless there's a huge gap between trout and tuna, you should say saltwater.

I have a strong preference for saltwater, especially if you include invertebrates.

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  1. tuna, swordfish, mako, salmon are my favorites so i'd say salt water.

    1. Sea fish are for the most part more interesting as centerpieces for dinner, and for cooking classic fish dishes, but a lot of freshwater ones can be treated that way, too. My kid brother introduced me to catfish done with beurre noir and capers, as you'd do skate, and last night I poached a gang of farmed trout (as I would salmon) that came out pretty well. The bluegill, bass and crappie of my Midwestern youth are critters I'd love to re-visit, and I'm still looking forward to trying sturgeon and walleye. But cod, salmon and mahi-mahi, pretty much in that order, are the fish at the top of my list, and skate and squid, and then I start thinking about all the rockfish and sea bass and, oh! let's not forget sand dabs...

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      1. re: Will Owen

        Walleye is the best thing that comes out of fresh water, never did beleive it 'til I tried it! All in all the ocean dwellers are the best.

        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          Any kind of pike is hard to get in this country unless you catch it, but I figured there was a reason that it's the fish-of-choice for quenelles, the French fish dumplings. I've been told you really CAN make those from any fish at all, but I'm going to hold off until I can get me some walleye.

          1. re: Will Owen

            Not to be a know-it-all but just for clarification, the walleye is actually a member of the perch family, not pike or pickerel. It's often referred to as a "walleyed pike" but it's not a pike in any way. That said, I just caught my limit on Detroit river last Monday and will fry them up next week. Excellent!

            1. re: SonyBob

              SonyBob, good job old boy. Glad to see people keeping fish and not just throwing them back. I like catch and release, into the frying pan. Before everyone jumps on me for being non-consevation minded, I'm sure the Michigan fishery folks know what they're doing, just as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department do where I live. It's actually good for the different species to harvest fish. Tomorrow, if the wind holds, I'm going for speckled trout, my favorite eating fish, in the Galveston surf.

      2. Saltwater. I grew up on the Gulf, so it may be that I'm just more familiar with salt water fish. My fresh water experience has mainly been catfish, trout and bass. Really, the only thing I've had from the water that I don't care for is skate - the texture just doesn't do it for me. I could be quite happy eating from the sea daily!

        An interesting item I read a few years ago - Fl. raises tremendous amounts of farmed eel, but sells most over seas. Such a shame - you seldom find eel in the states except on a sushi menu. I've never come across it in a seafood market. Is this different in other regions?

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        1. re: meatn3

          Wild freshwater eel in America have been approaching extinction for several decades, and nobody seems to care.

          1. re: Veggo

            It doesn't have the cute n cuddly aspect going for it....that often seems to contribute to apathy, unfortunately.

            What are the major contributing factors to this situation?

            1. re: meatn3

              Main reasons are dams and other barriers to migration routes (their life cycle is more migratory than salmon), habitat loss, hydropower plant mortalities, pollution, and overfishing.

        2. salt water for me, fresh water can be too muddy tasting and I am not a fan of farmed fish which tends to be a fresh (sic) water industry.

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          1. re: smartie

            Freshwater farming appears to be a much more benign activity than ocean farming, for the simple reason that the freshwater installations use enclosed ponds, which allows easy entrapment and recovery of wastes, while ocean farming occurs in open pens that shed waste, including not merely fish crap but antibiotics and other chemicals into the surrounding sea.

          2. Sort of a loaded question, because there are so many more salt water varieties from which to choose.

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            1. re: Veggo

              i agree, and there is quite the saltwater fishing industry, that doesn't have a freshwater correlary. as a result, most people have access to fresh saltwater fish, and not so much to freshwater fish. if you don't come from an area where you can get good, fresh, fresh-water fish, or have never tried it apart from frozen-battered, you'll answer that you prefer saltwater.

              if i had to answer the question, i'd say: "whatever's freshest."

              1. re: soupkitten

                These are fair points. For myself, my preference for saltwater pertains more the the "muddy" taste of many freshwater fish but you're right, saltwater is more available.