Know thine enemy (and eat it)

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Food and Water Watch has included the following invasive species in their “Smart Seafood Guide” this year. The theory goes, since we’re really good at overfishing food fish to the brink of extinction, why not make food out of the fish we want to get rid of?

  • Asian carp
  • Asian shore crab
  • Asian swamp eel
  • Chinese mitten crab
  • European green crab
  • Lionfish
  • Mozambique and blue tilapia
  • Rusty crawfish
  • Walking catfish

A few chefs were already feeding their diners some of these nefarious invaders before FWW caught on to the trend. Miya’s Sushi in New Haven has an entire menu devoted to them. Alewife in Baltimore has also added snakeheads, a local interloper, to the list. (I wonder if they know that alewives themselves are an invasive pest in the Great Lakes?)

As a scuba diver with a soft spot for Caribbean reefs, I’ll be glad to do my part by eating a few lionfish at Miya’s tonight. Their beautiful but venomous spines can kill innocent scuba divers as well as unsuspecting sharks who try to eat them. (image: WikiMedia)