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Dec 31, 2013 11:16 AM

can anyone still buy orange roughy?

Is anyone able to find orange roughy at their local grocery stores/fish markets? I was under the impression that no one stocked it anymore due to overfishing problems, but then last week I randomly found some at a grocery store in Kansas of all places.

When I returned to Texas I spoke to a fishmonger at a local grocery store and he insisted that whatever I bought in Kansas must have been mislabeled, either deliberately or accidentally, as it is currently illegal to fish orange roughy due to it being an endangered species.

If getting real orange roughy is impossible, are there any other fish that taste extremely similar? I'm wondering what I actually bought from the fish market in Kansas and also what to look for as an alternative if I cannot get real orange roughy.

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  1. "orange roughy" has become pretty much a trade name. I'm not sure I've ever seen the real thing. Most of what I've seen sold under that name has been ocean perch (AKA redfish, red perch), a deep water fish that is usually marketed frozen.

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