Reasons to Eat Local Vermont Fish
Vermont Freshwater Fishing
By Jud Kratzer, Fisheries Biologist, Vermont Fish & Wildlife
1 Eating local fish is good for your health
We’ve all heard that fish is brain food, but the omega-3 fatty acids in fish are also good for the heart. Besides, going out and catching your own fish is better exercise than sitting at home, watching TV. Some people have the mistaken idea that pollutants from farm runoff or sewage treatment plants can make fish unsafe to eat, but that is not true.
Others may be worried about contaminants like mercury and PCBs, but the good news is that they are generally not a problem in most species and waterbodies in Vermont. If you’re still a little nervous, it’s easy to find out if your stream or lake is safe. The Vermont Department of Health maintains a list of species and waters in which these contaminants could be a concern. Go to www.healthvermont.gov
2 Eating local fish is good for your taste buds
Vermont is home to many fish species that provide excellent table fare. Some people think that they don’t like fish simply because they have never eaten fish that was properly prepared. Quality fish recipes abound, but the single most important thing to remember when cooking fish is don’t overdo it. Cook it only until it flakes easily with a fork and no longer.
3 Eating local fish is good for the environment
Most fish you can buy at the store or restaurant have travelled a long way to get there, in many cases, even from other countries. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to get those fish to your table. Also, some of the fish you might buy at the grocery store comes from sources that are not eco-friendly. But Vermont’s fisheries resources have been sustainably managed for decades, so eat local and help the environment!