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    Is it Grouper or something else?

    Has anyone had any experiences with eating "Grouper" in Aruba? I am a member of facebook group and was reading some pretty concerning info about what is potentially being served in many if not all places claiming to be selling grouper. It appears many are actually selling "Grouper (Pangasius) Fillet." which is not grouper.....its a bottom feeder that is often farm raised in Asia. The stuff they feed the "grouper" is not fit for human consumption when they are raised so I am not sure how they could be healthy to eat.


    Anyone else read this the other day? I am glad I am not a fish lover and I will be making sure my wife stays clear of it while in Aruba for sure, lol.

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    yup there is MUCH talk on other sites about this very topic.

    if grouper is so very hard to obtain and/or cost prohibitive, i think that the restaurant's best policy would be honesty.
    they could put a blurb in the menu " due to the scarcity of grouper and the soaring prices, we are unable to provide grouper on our menu. we apologize for the inconvenience."
    all they have to do is to be honest.

    people appreciate honesty.

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    I noticed on a couple menus they had Pangasius written next to grouper. I am not picky about fish, but I think I subconsciously steered away from grouper based on all of this chatter lately. There are some places that I like what they serve as grouper, whether it really is or not. I think for fresh fish on Aruba I will stick to Wahoo or snapper for a while.

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    the aruban fishermen/women are dealing with some very tough aka rigid fishing regulations.
    apparently no grouper is allowed to be caught, along with other species (i think caribbean lobster may be one of them)

    it makes it difficult for sure.
    but, they need to repopulate!!

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    I could not agree more. Sounds like its on more than just one board unless we read the same postings. I guess the lesson learned is if you want grouper be prepared to get something that is anything but actually grouper or order it at home. Honesty is a good policy in life and business...loss of trust is a disaster IMO in any relationship.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    yup there is MUCH talk on other sites about this very topic.

    if grouper is so very hard to obtain and/or cost prohibitive, i think that the restaurant's best policy would be honesty.
    they could put a blurb in the menu " due to the scarcity of grouper and the soaring prices, we are unable to provide grouper on our menu. we apologize for the inconvenience."
    all they have to do is to be honest.

    people appreciate honesty.
    Last edited by Aruba4ever; 11-29-2017 at 10:36 PM.

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    Tonight at Yemanja it was listed as Grouper (Pangasius) and we did not order it. A few years back I ordered grouper at Taste of Belgium and Barney’s. Both were good. Was it really Grouper, who knows but all the talk makes you think twice!

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    http://oceana.org/blog/you’re-probab...you-be-worried

    QUOTE=Pegmeister;326204]Tonight at Yemanja it was listed as Grouper (Pangasius) and we did not order it. A few years back I ordered grouper at Taste of Belgium and Barney’s. Both were good. Was it really Grouper, who knows but all the talk makes you think twice![/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    the aruban fishermen/women are dealing with some very tough aka rigid fishing regulations.
    apparently no grouper is allowed to be caught, along with other species (i think caribbean lobster may be one of them)

    it makes it difficult for sure.
    but, they need to repopulate!!
    My family includes several generations of commercial fisherman and crabbers. Regulations here have made it almost impossible for an independent fisherman to make a living solely from fishing anymore. I feel for the fisherman of Aruba.

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    Interesting article Andrea. I've long avoided any type of farmed fish and shrimp having seen some nasty videos on U-Tube. Most of the frozen shrimp you see in the supermarket came from the far east....regardless of the fancy bayou type of name. Check your labels.

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    Wow - from the article Andrea linked to:
    less than 1 percent of imported seafood is inspected in the United States for mislabeling
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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