|By Dan Shealer on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 9:07 pm:|
We were surprised to see barracuda on the menu at several restaurants during a recent visit. Barracuda and other predator fish accumulate toxins when they feed on reefs which can cause serious illness when consumed by humans. In fact, one guest at the facility at which we were staying had to be hospitalized after eating barracuda.
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 8:39 am:|
Maybe it is foolish but I still eat most reef dwelling fish that can give Cigueterra poisoning..so far so good..My ex hubby go very ill after eating King Fish..Snapper, BTW is one that can be dangerous..not just cudas.
|By seb schulherr on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 12:18 pm:|
But if you can get Dorado or Wahoo or other fish I don't understand why you wouldn't avoid them Annie. I don't freak if I realize i am having some grouper or snapper but I don't seek it out.
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 12:24 pm:|
I love to live on the edge I guess..truthfully I could never give up snapper but can live w/o cuda..do not love wahoo..is Dorado nice?
|By Jan Klos on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 6:18 pm:|
I had heard that barracuda caught off the coast of Bonaire is one of the few places in the world that what ever they feed on does not cause them to be toxic. Any experts out there?
|By Marcel Nahr on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 10:53 pm:|
I have lived and worked on Bonaire in the food-industry for 20 and never heard of any cases of ciguatera from Barracuda on the island even though I have actively tried to find out about it. If anyone should know about it, it would be the locals and they catch and eat them with fervour.
|By scott and sharon barlass on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 12:04 am:|
|By seb schulherr on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 10:15 am:|
See, this is why I LOVE these discussions, where hopefully we can all pool our grey matter and come to a truer understanding. I think Marcel is right,that the Ciguetera is site specific. So if this means I can eat grouper and snapper w/o fear on Bonaire, I will commence at once!
|By scott and sharon barlass on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 11:24 am:|
|By mary pequinot on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 9:05 pm:|
I first had barracuda in Barbados-my husband ordered baby barracuda (maybe that's safer-less chance to accumulate?) and it was delicious. When we have been in Bonaire, it has often been on the menu of the Mona Lisa. I've eaten it several times, as has my husband. Have never had a problem. It is absolutely delicious! I love wahoo as well-dorado a little less. I've never gotten sick from any of it.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 1:24 pm:|
While I don't like Barracuda (not wild about the flavor, and having lived in Florida where ciguatera is a very real concern in barracuda, I'm nervous about that too - call it a mental aversion - I have a similar aversion to mushrooms), I will say that as far as I know, Bonaire is free of the toxin, much of which comes from excess nutrients in the water (e.g. manmade pollution for the most part). I gladly eat snapper and grouper here when I come across it (or catch it in the case of snapper), and I've yet to know anyone who has gotten ciguatera here on Bonaire.
|By thomas brossard on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 8:34 pm:|
All of my employee's are Cuban and they all love barracuda...And they're all healthy...I have always heard not to eat it but...
|By Kay Powers on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 8:40 pm:|
Ricardo is a great waiter at the Rendez-Vous. Ask for him when you dine there. He's a great lil guy.
|By Marcel Nahr on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 2:11 am:|
Sorry, but Ricardo doesn't work for us or anywhere else in the food-industry anymore.
|By Brian Schoepflin on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 4:24 pm:|
Having lived near a coast for the most of my life, I've heard of ciguatera, but never encountered it. I've eaten the fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico, and several restaurants on Boniare, including Marcel's. It's a personal favorite. Indeed, I've convinced several fussy friends to try it, with excellent results. While it's usually wise to be cautious, it's good to see folks asking these questions, and getting a clearer perspective on a concern. See you in late May Marcel.
|By Bob Davison on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 4:49 pm:|
>> barra cuda ....ciguatera, <<
|By Susan Graham on Sunday, May 12, 2002 - 11:39 pm:|
I had damn good barracuda at De Tuin back in November.............
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