Shiro maguro – albacore tuna

Shiro Maguro – Albacore Tuna

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Moderate Albacore tuna, or shiro maguro, is one of the smallest members of the tuna family.  It occurs in temperate and tropical zones throughout the world’s oceans, and is commonly found in many North American sushi establishments.  Common issues faced by albacore fisheries include high bycatch levels and depleted stock status.  Some…

Shimaaji – white trevally

Shimaaji – White Trevally

Source: Wild, some farmed Mercury Risk: Unknown Lamentably, it’s not easy to find shimaaji in the United States. The sweet delicate flesh of the white trevally, usually labeled on menus as “striped jack,” is often described as a cross between aji and hamachi—a truly succulent combination. If you haven’t tried it, it’s something to experience. But to try it, first you…

Sayori – halfbeak

Sayori – Halfbeak

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Unknown Sayori, the Japanese halfbeak, or needlefish, is one of the oddest animals ever to grace the sushi counter. With their long slender bodies and what is perhaps the most pronounced underbite in the animal kingdom, this fish looks more like a writing implement than a food source. Even so, the halfbeak…

Mercury in fish

Mercury in Fish

What is mercury, why is it in my food, and why should I care? Mercury is a heavy metal that occurs naturally in our environment, generally in a sequestered or inert state. Over the last century, however, industrial pollution from power plants, waste incinerators, and mining operations have contributed to a pronounced increase in our…

Masago – roe

Masago – Roe

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Masago is the processed roe (eggs) of the capelin, a small fish that exists in vast quantities throughout the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is generally orange-red in color and is often used as a garnish or to top pieces of nigiri. It should not be confused with tobiko, the roe of the…

What is hamachi sushi? 4 types of japanese amberjack sushi

What is Hamachi Sushi? 4 Types of Japanese Amberjack Sushi

The rich buttery flavor and smooth texture of amberjack has achieved real popularity with American sushi fans. Be warned, however — to get to the bottom of what hamachi sushi is, one must first establish what exactly is being served. That is not easy. First off, there are four species of amberjack that are found at the…

What are pcbs?

What Are PCBs?

So you may be wondering what are PCBs? And are they in my seafood dinner tonight? Polychlorinated biphenyls, or simply PCBs, are man-made compounds that were intended to make our lives easier, but are beginning to have the opposite effect. PCBs are generally used in a number of industrial applications, such as for coolants and…

What is omega-3?

What Is Omega-3?

Omega-3s, aka omega-3 fatty acids, are a group of unsaturated fatty acids essential to human development.  They are found in numerous foods, including certain fish.  Oily cold-water fish, like sardines, wild salmon, and mackerel, have high levels of omega-3s. In fact, a great deal of advertising capital has been expended on omega-3 awareness in recent…