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10 Fish That You Should Probably Stop Eating

Orange Roughy

Orange Roughy

Reaching full maturity after 20 to 40 years, Orange Roughy has been greatly over-harvested and has had a difficult time recovering.

Orange Roughy

Orange Roughy

Although sometimes labeled as sustainably harvested, don't be fooled: none of these fisheries are certified. This fish also contains high levels of mercury.

Atlantic Flatfish

Atlantic Flatfish

Overfished since in the 1800s and heavy contaminated, Atlantic flatfish, which includes sole, halibut, and flounder, should be avoided.

Atlantic Flatfish

Atlantic Flatfish

The population has dramatically declined and is not sustainable for long-term fishing.

Imported Shrimp

Imported Shrimp

Shrimp might be delicious, but if it comes from overseas, you don't want to eat it. Not only are shrimp from overseas usually loaded with antibiotics, but they also come with some pretty gross additions to their cargo.

Imported Shrimp

Imported Shrimp

People find rat hair and dead bugs mixed in with the shrimp, and some have even tested positive for E. coli.

Farmed Salmon

Farmed Salmon

If you have ever seen a salmon farm, you know why you don't want to eat fish from it. Thousands of them are pinned together in a small space that becomes a breeding ground for parasites.

Farmed Salmon

Farmed Salmon

The farmers must then use antibiotics to treat them, which means with every bite you take, you also get a helping of antibiotics. Farming salmon also causes ocean pollution.

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Imported Catfish

If you are going to eat catfish, opt for fish caught in the United States. Otherwise, you might end up with medication that the US government has banned making its way into your system.

Imported Catfish

Imported Catfish

Most catfish comes from Vietnam where these antibiotics are not illegal, and farmers use them to fight poor living conditions.

Chilean Sea Bass

Chilean Sea Bass

If you live in the United States and eat Chilean sea bass, there is a good chance the fishermen who caught it broke the law. Greenpeace thinks the fish will eventually become extinct, for this reason. If this is not enough to convince you, note that it is high in mercury.

Shark

Shark

Many people consider shark to be a delicacy but eating it presents a whole host of problems. Sharks tend to be high in mercury, but killing them also means getting rid of other foods you enjoy, such as scallops.

Shark

Shark

Sharks eat smaller predators that prey on scallops and other types of edible fish. The number of scallops will decline if the number of sharks in the ocean does, too.

Grouper

Grouper

If you like to eat grouper, pay close attention: the Centers for Disease Control issued a warning in 2013 stating that it can be poisonous.

Grouper

Grouper

Sort of like food poisoning, eating the fish can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but it can become more dangerous and lead to neurological problems. Unfortunately, the toxin that causes the poisoning is hard to detect.

Caviar

Caviar

Caviar is not necessarily bad for you, but it is bad for your ecosystem, which will eventually affect you. People are overfishing beluga sturgeons in order to sell the product, and dams pollute the water where the fish live.

Caviar

Caviar

It takes a long time for these fish to reach the right age to produce caviar, so killing off much of the population will soon make this expensive delicacy even rarer than it already is.

Atlantic Cod

Atlantic Cod

Although directly relating to the financial health of New England fishermen, the mismanagement and stock collapse in the 1990s have left Atlantic cod to be listed one step higher than endangered International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

Atlantic Cod

Atlantic Cod

You can still eat Pacific cod with your fish 'n' chips, as the market for this cod is strong and healthy.

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Why betta fish stops eating?

most of the time they will stop eating because of old age and about to die or you feed it too much. If you have a Betta I suggest feeding it once a day.
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How do you stop fish eating their fry?

  you cant you really have to seporate the fry from the other fish
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