Seasonal Eating: The Most Responsible Fish to Eat During Spring and Summer

When you think of seasonal eating, you probably think of farm-fresh produce, farmers’ markets and the first bite of your favorite fruit after months of going without. You probably don’t think of seafood. However, certain fish are in abundance at different times of the year, making them a more responsible and healthier choice. If you care about fresh seafood and supporting responsible fishing practices, consider choosing these seasonal options next time you’re at the market.

Wild Alaskan Salmon

You’re in luck if you live on the West Coast because wild Alaskan salmon is in season during the late spring and summer months. Wild Alaskan salmon includes many types of salmon, such as pink, coho, sockeye, chum and king (also known as Chinook). If you’re looking to add a bit of salmon to your diet, you can throw it on the barbecue and make cedar plank salmon at your next barbecue.

Yellowtail Snapper

For those on the opposite side of the continent, don’t miss out on yellowtail snapper season. Yellowtail snapper is commonly enjoyed during the summer since its light, flaky meat goes well with vegetable side dishes and a glass of refreshing white wine. This fish has a protracted spawning season, making it a viable food source through both spring and summer as well as early September.

Striped Bass

Striped bass, also known as rockfish, is a responsible seafood choice for consumers across America. Although wild striped bass is native to the Atlantic coast, state game and fishing commissions introduced this fish species to the Pacific Ocean and various large reservoirs across America to ensure it was available seasonally to everyone. Striped bass has a mild flavor that lends itself well to summer dishes such as these Mexican recipes.

Fresh Tilapia

Tilapia healthy sustainable seasonal fish summer

Tilapia is a responsible choice throughout the spring and summer, whether you live on the East Coast, the West Coast or anywhere in between. Most fresh Tilapia comes from Mexico and Honduras where they are raised in deep, freshwater lakes using large floating pens. Since fresh Tilapia is responsibly farmed, there’s no risk of overfishing and leading Tilapia producers like Regal Springs make sure that fish is always healthy and nutritious. One of the best things about Fresh Tilapia is how versatile it is; fish tacos, lettuce wraps, polenta and ceviche are just a few of the great summer dishes you can make with this fish.

Mahi Mahi

This tropical fish has a delicate, almost sweet flavor that has East Coasters anticipating spring and summer when mahi mahi is in season and available to purchase fresh. Mahi mahi is a tender fish, so it’s important that you don’t overcook it when preparing it. We suggest using some of these cooking methods to ensure you get the best flavor and texture from your mahi mahi.

When sourcing fresh local seafood, you should always choose fish that’s in season in order to support a responsible fishing industry. If you’re not sure what to serve up at your next barbecue or family dinner, ask your fishmonger for advice or choose frozen fish that’s available all year round.

Photos: Artens /, stephan kerkhofs /, Regal Springs