The lesser-known fish
A number of fish are grouped under the name sturgeon; the most sustainable of them are farmed in British Columbia. "Everybody enjoys their eggs as caviar," said Rock Moonen, "but the fish itself hasn’t reached a critical point of popularity." Their firm, meaty flesh makes for a fine steak.
So as not to confuse it with the controversial documentary about SeaWorld, this fish can be called by its Native American name, Tautog. It swims the waters from Nova Scotia to South Carolina and, like monkfish, also is sometimes called "poor man's lobster" for its sweet taste. Common consensus is that it's ugly and slimy, yet delicious.
This little fish is abundant in the Gulf of Mexico and on the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S. Those who chose to eat it instead of using it as bait for larger catches say it's "very succulent and not too fishy." And yes, it actually croaks.
Also known as sea bream -- officially sparidae -- it's Chef Peter Hoffman's choice for a great, affordable fish that's best cooked whole or in a stew.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)