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Is mahi-mahi safe to eat?

stikestike Posts: 15,597
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
Got a great couple fillets here for dinner, but on the way home had a nagging thought.  You know me, always with the over-analysis....  Anyway, I vaguely remembered a study or news article I read I think in 2011, about mahi-mahi fishing.  I can't for the life of me remember if the issue was that mahi-mahi was itself maybe unsafe for humans to eat, or that it might be harmful to fish for them in the first place, because of the bycatch.  I didn't read it in depth.

Anybody know if mahi-mahi is safe to eat, mercury-wise?  I'd hate to feed it to my wife and child, there are already enough dangers kids face these days.  ...or is it a matter of the way they are fished (bad in itself, but at least the food we have for dinner is ok).

Maybe I should just do some googling. but thought I'd ask here first.  BGEers have a depth of knowledge.  Amazing what they know.
Thanks in advance.
ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante


  • Toss it and get yourself some pantagonian toothfish


    Caledon, ON


  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    I don't have the answer but perhaps Tweeve can Google it for you. :))
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited February 2012
    LS: it was on sale...

    googling now.  doesn't seem unsafe as far as being tainted. i think it's more an issue that they are catching sharks, rays, and sea turtles while they are going after the mahi-mahi.

    so, probably not a good thing to constantly indulge in, given the negative karma associated with killing the larger fauna.

    well.  just this once. 

    sometimes when we go after the little fish, we don't realize how much we could be upsetting the larger species.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    Is it grass fed?
    Cookin in Texas
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,860
    No...but may be free range
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,102

    Found this is Wikipedia;

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) classifies mahi-mahi as a "moderate mercury" fish or shellfish (its second lowest of four categories), and suggests eating six servings or fewer per month

    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 895
    When we go to Florida it is my favourite fish.  In St. Petersburg there is a place called Peters Smoked Fish and from eating there I can say Mahi Mahi smokes real nice.

  • galengalen Posts: 57


    Mahi Mahi.....delicious...

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,631

    I am sending you this note from the grave


    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597

    i'll give it a guilt-free shot.  not like I'm having shark fin soup or anything.

    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,160
    I don't have the answer but perhaps Tweeve can Google it for you. :))

    Now that is funny!

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • Dude. It's already dead(wink)


    Caledon, ON


  • Totally safe. I grew up in Florida, fished commercially, and worked in a fish market in college. Most of what you buy is known as "chicken dolphin". AKA small quasi juveniles that mass in great schools and are easily caught. If you were eating 60lb "bull dolphin" on a weekly basis, you may need to worry about mercury poisoning. 

    As for the way it is caught, if you knew, you would never eat any seafood ever again. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • lwrehmlwrehm Posts: 254
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,475
    edited February 2012
    No, it causes hair loss. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,701
    Safe for sure. Grill it up and make some nice mahi tacos. Sounds great.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • jbates67jbates67 Posts: 168
    I have caught and cooked countless dolphin/mahi-mahi/dorado, I can tell you it's not only safe but and extremely tasty fish regardless of how you prepare it.

    My suggestion is to get you some blackening seasoning, Chef Prudehomes or other choice. Get a cast iron skillet on the egg, the closer to 500 you can get the skillet the better. Melt a little unsalted butter, brush on the fish, both sides, sprinkle all the blackened seasoning you can handle, gently place on the iron skillet, stand back and let the smoke clear, for about 2 minutes tops, get a good spachela, flip the fish, leave on for 2 more minutes, pull them off and serve, pardon the pun but you'll be hooked.
  • One day. 5 men. 432 lbs of Mahi.  image
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • thechief96thechief96 Posts: 1,908
    Which one is you Travis
    Dave San Jose, CA The Duke of Loney
  • The one taking the pic. My dad is bottom right and my uncle is bottom left. Top two are friends. Pic is about 13 years old.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • Travis,

    They fight like a bastid don't they.


    Caledon, ON


  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,901
    edited February 2012
    They freak like a dog crapping razor blades. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • Love catching them man! Screamin line woohoo


    Caledon, ON


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,709
    only fish i wont eat is barracuda, have heard too many horror stories. mahi is killer tasting steaked, you need to find a huge one or you get the fillets, still good but not as good. ive never egged one, never seen anything but small fillets up here
  • I spent a week on South Bimini. The locals would fight over Cuda. I've never eaten one but I would think if they eat them it cant be too bad.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,479
    Toss it and get yourself some pantagonian toothfish
    :D :D :D

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,701
    Travis, whose Boat and fish are y'all posing with? :-))

    Just kidding. You ever use anything by fishizzle?

    A buddy of mine from Murrells Inlet was one of the ones that started the company.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,709
    down in abaco they have two rules for them, only eat the ones caught on the flats, and only eat the ones caught off shore in deep water.
    ciguartera fish poisoning, one of my bonefish guides came down with it, said it was the worst case of food poisoning he ever had, lasted a week for the fun symptoms to pass, and another nine or so months for his joints to stop hurting, ill pass

  • Its my dads boat and we baught the fish at Joe patti's  :^o

    Cool website. never heard of them.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,701
    Travis, Try their skirts. They are pretty solid and it is cool watching the fish strike them at night (skirts glow in dark). They have some pretty good videos on YouTube for a rainy day
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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