Wild for the Night

Everything you need to know about
wild caught seafood, A$AP Rocky.

Here is a list of some of the best wild-caught fish choices courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Super Green” list of seafood. These fish come from the less-pressured habitats and are free of industrial pollutants like mercury and dioxins. In addition, they contain some of the highest levels of healthy omega-3s!

1. Pole-Caught Albacore Tuna

While tuna has earned a bad rap for being toxic with high levels of mercury, think again. Troll- or pole-caught albacore tuna from the western U.S. and Canadian waters have lower levels of mercury than caught in other areas of the world. This is because the fish are generally younger and therefore, have had less time to build up high levels of the poison. Environmentally, it has way less of an impact on other species than net-fishing, too! This type of tuna isn’t easily found at your average grocery store but is readily available online through most brands. Nothing better in the summer than hearty, seared tuna steaks and a crisp slaw on the side.

Summer Dinner Idea: Pasta Salad with Tuna, Red Onions, and Frisee

2. Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon

It’s better for the environment and healthier than farm-raised. Wild-caught salmon has about half the unhealthy saturated fat that farm-raised salmon has. Plus, it’s getting easier to find at our local groceries stores. Salmon burgers and salmon BLTs are gaining popularity, making salmon a go-to for fresh handhelds and sandwiches.

Summer Dinner Idea: Slow Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles

3. Wild-Caught Pacific Sardines

While they almost went extinct during the 1950’s, the fisheries have since made a comeback and made pacific sardines some of the best fish you can buy now. Thanks to the rising interest in sustainable seafood at restaurants, chefs are experimenting more with sardines and integrating them into the most progressive and trendy of menus.

Summer Dinner Idea: Grilled Sardines with Salsa Verde

4. Wild-Caught West Coast Dungeness Crab

MmmmMmmmmMm...shellfish. While most species sold in grocery stores are blue crab or king crab, they live in habitats that are threatened with pollution and overfishing. But Dungeness crabs are caught from an Oregon-based fishery that has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as gucci. Dungeness crabs are caught with traps not nets, so any bycatch is thrown back unharmed. Did someone say jumbo crab cakes?

Summer Dinner Idea: Mini Crab Melts with Gruyere, Roma Tomatoes, and Lemon Zest

5. Wild-Caught Atlantic Longfin Squid

Sushi, paella, calamari, oh my! Super healthy fish filled with omega-3s and vitamin B12. You can saute or fry and try hot in paella and pastas or cold in salads and sushi. A good way to stay happy and healthy all summer long.

Summer Dinner Idea: Quick Grilled Squid Salad with Lime, Mint, Cilantro and Chiles

*Before heading to your local market, keep in mind these two really awesome, simple tips from Greenopedia when choosing to buy wild-caught fish:

  1. Stick to fish lower on the food chain (small species fish) to avoid contamination from mercury and other environmental toxins.

  2. Choose fish that have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to ensure the fish were caught responsibly.


Susanna Arntzz