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Posted on July 5, 2013 | Permalink

Is it Safe to Eat The Darker Meat?

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Swan Harbor

I Did some fishing in the rain on Tuesday at Swan Harbor and caught some nice sized channel cats. I was wondering, as I was filleting one of the catfish I noticed the meat was discolored and had a red color to it and I was wondering if it was safe to eat and why it looks like that.

DNR Response: The catfish you caught are fine to eat. The meat of fish can often vary in color due to whatever food they are eating. Even within a single fish you can see a variation in meat color, particularly between the meat at the lateral line and the rest of the fish. I would recommend, for any fish, that you discard the very dark meat that runs along the lateral line of the fish (the stripe that runs the length of the fish on the side). This is where much of the very strong ‘fishy’ taste is.

Tags: Channel Catfish