Heart Health (courtesy of The American Heart Association website)
Why is fish so good for you?
According to the website for The American Heart Association, they recommend eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. A serving is considered 3.5 ounce cooked, or about ¾ cup of flaked fish. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids.
What is Omega-3?
Omega-3 (n-3 polyunsaturated) fatty acids are essential fats that your body does not make but needs to function properly. We must rely on getting them through food, which includes getting EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) from seafood, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel or shellfish, and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) from sources such as walnuts, flaxseed, and canola and soybean oils.
Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, have been shown to benefit the heart of healthy people and those at high risk for — or who already have — cardiovascular disease.
Is there a difference between Omega-3’s in wild fish vs. farm-raised fish?
Some farmed fish can have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid than wild fish, and vice versa, but The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week regardless of whether they are wild or farmed. The omega-3 fatty acid content of wild fish can vary by the temperature of their environment (i.e., higher during the summer than winter), while the omega-3 fatty acid content of farmed fish can vary based on what they are fed.
Other Fish Facts
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, populations that eat fish regularly live longer and have less chronic disease than populations that do not. The healthful qualities of fish can be neutralized by unhealthful ways of cooking it. Fish that is battered and fried, slathered with butter, or blanketed in creamy sauces becomes just another vehicle for putting saturated fat and excess calories into the body. The most healthful ways to eat fish is raw (sashimi and served with sushi), marinated (ceviche), steamed, grilled, broiled, or smoked (as in salmon and trout). Check out our recipes page for lots of great and healthy recipes.
What is Aquaculture?
According to the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources website, Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, shellfish and even plants. The term aquaculture refers to the cultivation of both marine and freshwater species and can range from land-based to open-ocean production. Mariculture is another term used for the farming of marine organisms in their natural habitats.
Best Times for Fishing
One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides.
During the “morning rise” (after sunup for a spell) and the “evening rise” (just before sundown and the hour or so after).
When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.)
When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.)
When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.
When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.