Buying fish in Spain

Buying fish in Spain

Buying fish in Spain

Buying fish in Spain
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This past weekend I went shopping for fish. Lately, I´ve been on another one of my health kicks and have decided to try and eat more bio- and eco-friendly products. Thus, when I went to the seafood section at Alcampo supermarket in La Cañada I was a bit confused when I started to read the labels to figure out where the fish was actually coming from.


Most of us can read on the label that a fish is imported from Tanzania, the Northeast of the Atalantic or brought in locally from Spain. But I noticed another curious print on the label - Método de Producción or Method of Production. Hmmm...this was interesting. There were four tick boxes to choose from:

* Pescado Extractiva
* Criado Agricultura
* Pescado en Agua Dulces
* Marisqueo

I figured out that the Pescado en Agua Dulces probably meant that it was a fresh water fish. That was a good sign, but didn´t see any available. The next one was Marisqueo and I was told that this identified a shellfish.

What I was more curious about was the difference between Pescado Extractiva and Criado Agricultura. I was told that the Extractiva fish meant that it came directly from the sea or ocean. Yay! What I was looking for. The Criado Agricultura meant that the fish is farm bred.

Fresh fish from the sea was what I was looking for! So I asked the vendor which ones were from the sea. He pointed out all the red skinned fish such as Palometa (pompano) and Breca (bleak or bray). The problem here is that the natural fish from the sea was three to six times more expensive than the farm bred fish. Oy vei! I decided to give it a go and chose a small fish, because I was promised that I would notice a whole world of difference in taste and quality. I´m trying the fish tonight so I hope he is right.

What I´ve figured out is that there is certainly a price to pay when going eco.

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Jul 27, 2012
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Can you provide seafood for us?
by: Seafood

Dear Sirs,

We are located in Ukraine and are interested in purchasing some seafood from Spain.

In particular we are interested in the following:

Purplehead, red mullet (goat-fish/king-mullet), Grenadier, hake, Mackerel, Pacific moonfish.

Can you please send us your current price list to the following address:

seafood5@ukr.net

Thanks!


Feb 28, 2012
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RED FISH - NEEDED
by: Anonymous

Por favor, tenemos que comprar los peces rojos de Brasil, volver a lo antes posible.
gracias

christopher@reliableent.net

Please, we need to buy red fish from Brazil, get back to me asap.
Thanks

write to :
christopher@reliableent.net

Jan 22, 2011
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Eat South Atlantic fish
by: Desmond

Don't eat from the Med. Nº 2 is right; it is a slush-pool. Having been in the property market on the Costa del Sol for some years, I had to research where THAT stuff was going. Having also frequently collected water fleas for my Koi fish at the Cape Town/Muizenberg treatment plant, which pours clean water into the sea, I know how a treatment plant should look and smell. The treatment here on the coast is too fast but wait for it: I can show you places where IT goes straight into the sea.
Now if you look at Merluza and other fish marked Cabo or Atlantico Sur or with the Pescanova label, it comes from the Atlantic south of Cape Town, FAR from THAT stuff.
Also read in the Bible what kind of fish we should eat. Forbidden fish are mostly "bottom feeders" which eat THAT STUFF and anything dead and rotting.

Jan 21, 2011
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Mediterranean fish
by: Marbella Family

Hmmm. Interesting comment. So do you think it´s safer to purchase fish that is bought from the ocean? Or is it better to buy farm raised? Now I´m really confused.

Jan 21, 2011
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ECO...?
by: Anonymous

YOU REALLY THINK THAT ITS ECO TO EAT A FISH CAUGHT IN THE MEDITERANEAN? ITS A TRASH BAN FULL OF CHEMICALS AND PLASTICS, I WOULDNT CALL THAT ECO...

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