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9 Freaky Fish You Should Be Eating

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2. Asian shore crab (East Coast states from Maine through North Carolina)
Asian or Japanese shore crab is native to to parts of Russia and Japan, but has become invasive along the East Coast, from Maine through North Carolina. It was probably introduced into the United States by international ship travel. Asian shore crabs are small, usually measuring not more than an inch and a half across, but are opportunistic feeders and will consume small fish, crustaceans, algae and anything else they come across. Its primary negative impact as an invasive species is displacement of native crab populations, as it competes for similar habitat to native blue crab, rock crab, and lobster.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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3:13PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

why do we have to eat fish? animals' love ends where fish begins ? they also suffer, like other animals !

8:07AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

I don't know...it's kind've difficult to imagine eating them after seeing their cute little faces! As for the walking catfish! How cool! Evolution anyone??

4:02AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

The 4 crustaceans listed are not fish; they are invertebrates.

12:40AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

I do eat as far up the evolutionary chain as seafood -- wild- and sustainably-caught only -- and I'd definitely eat these if they were available. Bring it on!

We should submit this list of invasive species and the threat they pose to the FDA, as it's considering approving the manufactured, and almost-inevitably invasive new species of Frankenfish salmon. Oh, sure -- they'll stay in the fish farms and never escape into the wild [sarcasm]!

8:12PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

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3:52PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Thanks , will try to emember!!!!

1:50PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

I love seafood and a good part of that is on the "don't eat list", so I'll give the Freaky guys a go and see what happens. Thanks for the info...

9:11AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

What? no snakehead.?

8:33AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Wow, a wealth of info here. Thanks!

8:31AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

I am a seafood lover. This is information that I will take in and comprehend. Thank you.
Jackie

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