Worldwide Mahi-Mahi Shortage Forces Fish Taco Purveyors to Stop Serving the Fish

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This is scary shit: Gringo Bandito, the bueno hot sauce of Offspring head hombre Dexter Holland is set to host a taco-eating contest at Fred's in Huntington Beach August 3, with legendary competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi set to compete. The initial meat in the tacos was supposed to be mahi-mahi, the fish used by many fish-taco sellers in Southern California.

Now word comes from Gringo Bandito sales manager Matt McCollum that they're going to have to drop the mahi-mahi because of a worldwide shortage due to overfishing.

"We were planning on using Mahi for the tacos in our contest in early August, but because it's becoming increasingly difficult to find we're considering using chicken or possibly a different kind of fish," McCollum tells the Weekly. "It's a bummer because Mahi tacos have been a staple of Southern California Beach-Mex for a long time, but we run into the same type of problem sometimes when droughts make it hard us to find peppers for sauce at certain times of the year. The environment can throw you a curve ball sometimes, and honestly, if this is the worst of this type of problem we're facing in So Cal, I'll take it."

Gringo isn't the only fish taco lovers who have had to drop the fish. The Sharky's chain currently advises customers on its website, "We are temporarily out of our wild caught Mahi Mahi, due to a Mahi shortage."

I personally don't like the flavor of mahi-mahi--too strong--but fuck, people: we need to control overfishing!!!

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Bluewaterdivers
Bluewaterdivers

Save the mahi mahi now?You people must be smoking drugs!

 I live in Hawaii and i fish the waters here several times a week for years and years and let me educate you on this fish. First, it is a seasonal catch just about everywere in the world as it follows the natural changes with seasonal tempertures and food availability. Second, this is one of the most sustainable fish as it sets the benchmark for fecundity, and becomes sexually active in its first year of life. These fish reproduce daily! Third, the fish grows faster then just about any fish in the sea achieving large sizes in two to three years, and having a maximum lifespan of five years. Another interesting fact about this fish is that it is one of the most nutritious with HUFA's that are off the charts.

Learn some facts before you buy into bullshit stories such as this one. Ignorance is bliss

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Are piranha fish available (as tacos or any other type of cuisine) in OC or SoCal? Anyone ever tried 'em?

Foxflores
Foxflores

I work at the Gelsons Supermarket in Dana Point and we stock fresh mahi mahi everyday. No shortage . It is a very mild but tasty fish. I would be willing to deliver some to Gus at no charge. Most markets don't trim the mahi and leave on the dark oily part. Maybe that's why you didn't like it. We trim all that off .

Mr Salty
Mr Salty

Tilapia? are you kidding? Yuck!  Dorado AKA Mahi Mahi is ONLY good fresh.  Blanquillo AKA Ocean White Fish AKA Poor Man's Yellowtail is the best for fish tacos. White Sea Bass, Calico Bass, Cabrilla, and Sand Bass all work too.Tilapia es apestoso! 

Luz Encinas
Luz Encinas

Yes..tilapia is decent for tacos...it's just a sad state...

Gustavo, see you at the taco-eating contest? My friend jason (also Offspring alumni) will be competing....headed over to cheer him on!

dirtybleachrag
dirtybleachrag

Agree with DiverMike86 -- lionfish is an invasive species found in the Gulf, Southern Atlantic, and Caribbean that is devastating local ecosystems. It is on a list of 9 invasive species that a non-profit organization called Food & Water Watch are encouraging people to catch and consume freely. It is said that it is a very mild fish, much like any other white fish. Check into that; also an invasive species in CA is the Chinese mitten crab :) you can read about the lionfish and more eco-issues at http://aquaviews.net

AnnaN252
AnnaN252

I make fish tacos with basa or swai all the time. Tilapia is good too.

Divermike86
Divermike86

why not try using lion fish instead?

whycantwehavesomeguts
whycantwehavesomeguts

mahi is too strong? I can't think of a milder fish. you know it doesn't come out of the water with lime and hot sauce, right?

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

They should use basa. It's what half the fish taco shacks in Baja seem to be using these days (when you can get them to identify it as anything more than "pescado... shrug... pescado blanco.")

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Again: too strong for me. Have never liked mahi-mahi.

Watsonkely
Watsonkely

Gustavo, see you at the taco-eating contest? My friend jason (also Offspring alumni) will be competing....headed over to cheer him on!

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