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5 Salmon Alternatives

By Stett Holbrook

The commercial salmon season opened this month and things aren't looking too good for fans of the fish. This season will be shorter than usual because of a controversial plan to help revive Klamath River salmon by restricting where and how long anglers can fish. For diners, that means wild Pacific salmon will be in short supply and more expensive. The Pacific salmon fishery is touted as well maintained and sustainable so it's too bad this year is likely to be such a bust. In the meantime, here are five sustainably harvested fish worth seeking out.

Albacore Tuna: While albacore caught using "long lines" ensnare turtles, sharks and other creatures, pole- and troll-caught tuna are a good alternative to salmon, especially on the barbecue.

Halibut: A firm but mild fish that's sustainably harvested in Alaska and Canada.

Sardines: Fresh, locally caught sardines are a treat few Americans have tried. Throw them on the grill unadorned. Squirt with lemon and eat.

Swordfish: Swordfish caught in international waters are still threatened by overfishing, but fish caught in U.S. waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are in good shape.

Tilapia: A lot of farmed seafood like salmon and shrimp wreak havoc on the environment but this native South American fish is raised in inland systems that have little impact on the environment, and the tasty fish thrive on inexpensive vegetable-based feed.

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From the May 11-17, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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