Pangasius

I recently got this chain-email about the dangers of eating Pangasius, a type of freshwater catfish endemic to the Mekong Delta and grown for export primarily in Vietnam. The email asserts that this fish is fed a lot of gunk and basically lives in gunk.

Well, I did my research and found that the culture of Pangasius is actually being promoted in the Philippines as it is a much sought-after fish in the North American and European markets (it’s sold as fish fillets). Also, it’s actually raised much like bangus, or milkfish, as the Pangasius is an omnivore as an adult. Though it can eat kitchen waste, pelleted feeds are preferred for faster growth.

More on this site on the culture of Pangasius.

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  1. they recently held an international fish and seafood fair here in brussels and we herded a group of Philippine seafood processors and company owners from the Philippines. Guess what, Pangasius is king over here in Europe, this bland fish is reknowned here for its white meat you can cook any which way you like with enough flavoring, spices and seasoning. Our bangus is being sold by Taiwanese and there is absolutely no Filipino company with a booth selling our seafood.

    So we recommended back to Manila that we grow pangasius, because they are resilient, and they thrive . . . quite easily. Whereas our bangus is not very sellable here for many reasons (the meat is not so white for the European fish eaters, it’s got lotsa bones, handling is difficult, etc.)


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