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Is fish healthy to eat?

 

Ever since the beginning of times, people have learned how to be skilled hunters and fishermen in order to provide for their families. And, for a long period of time, fish remained among the few sources of meat for people, especially in coastal areas.

There are countless studies showing the true benefits of a fish-based diet so integrating it into your daily diet could prove extremely healthy in the long term. Here are some of the most popular health effects of fish on the human body.

 

It lowers the risk of heart diseases

Heart diseases and strokes represent the two most common causes of premature death worldwide but regularly consuming fish and fish-based products could change all that. According to reputed studies published in the American Journal of Cardiology, eating fish on a regular basis will lower the risk of heart diseases and improve blood circulation.

Fish is rich in nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation and protect your heart.

 

Improves memory and fights against neuronal conditions

Seafood should be consumed as often as possible as it can truly improve your neuronal activity and may prevent the early stages of certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

There are recent studies that support the theory that moderate consumption of fish and seafood will improve the grey matter in our brains, which reduces brain deterioration in time. A balanced diet based on fresh fruits, vegetables, natural oils, and fish could not only help you lose weight and become more attractive but also promote your body and brain health.

Moreover, other studies have shown that a diet rich in fish can lower the symptoms of depression. The substances contained in fish oils are known for their positive effects on the human brain and, when combined with several serotonin reuptake inhibitors (antidepressants) can fight this condition.

It is rich in vitamin D

Another positive aspect of a fish-based diet is getting increased quantities of vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial for calcium absorption in our bodies which delivers healthy and strong bones.

It also has a positive effect on our vision, improving it and fighting against premature signs of eye problems like cataract or fatigue.

Vitamin D will help you absorb calcium faster and better, meaning you’ll enjoy stronger bones and muscles, a healthy growth, strong teeth, and good eyes.

 

Are there any downsides?

Although there is no denial of the beneficial aspects of consuming fish, some people are concerned about it being dangerous to our health. The main reason is that fish usually devour everything they find in oceans and rivers, including toxic waste and other nasties.

And, because our waters have become extremely polluted and filled with contaminants that end up being food for fish, some fish species in certain areas may contain harmful heavy metals such as mercury or other things you may not like the fish meat to contain.

 

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Some facts about Canadian fisheries

 

 

As you know, I’m a passionate angler and has been so ever since I was a kid. My parents were into angling, as well, although my mother kind of found it hard to understand my dad’s passion, especially when he got into the hobby. At the beginning of his learning curve, she couldn’t understand what the fuss was about the whole idea of fishing and why he would scatter bait and artificial lures all over the place. He wasn’t particularly organized, and I’m afraid I take after him, to some degree.

I recently came across several stats that were jaw-dropping to me. For instance, did you know that Canada exports seafood and fish worth over 6 billion dollars? That was the figure back in 2015, but I have no idea how much money the Canadian government makes these days thanks to such exports. Now, I have nothing against the whole idea, but I believe that there has to be some balance to everything in life.

Is it a good idea for so many species to be targeted just to make some money off of them? I don’t think so. Of course, if this is farmed fish we’re talking about, the situation is entirely different. I know that farmed fish is less preferred by fitness aficionados and health freaks, but let’s get real. It’s a sustainable way of feeding the world population and has to be done, so that wild species get to live in their natural environment for as long as possible. If fishing for wild salmon, for instance, gets out of hand, in less than a decade, we’ll come to the nasty conclusion that it’s an endangered species.

For example, something that I found out by checking out the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website is that the country exports farmed Atlantic salmon. That’s good! However, exports of lobster and shrimp are less so, at least in my opinion.

Globally, it is said that aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food-related industries, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. There are people who have given up on eating red meat, poultry, and pork, but who live a healthy life based on protein sources consisting of dairy, eggs, and fish. Plus, fish is way healthier compared to other sources of protein, as long as it comes from a known source where it has not been exposed to dangerous chemicals or metals, of course.

In some respects, trying to farm marine species might be a good idea as this way, the chances of them being exposed to the formerly mentioned substances are slim.

All in all, I believe that the fishing industry is likely to grow in the following years. I’m hopeful that this way, we’ll be able to preserve the species we now have in wild waters.

 

 

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3 essential resources for beginning anglers

 

 

Back when I got into fishing, I wasn’t an expert. Unlike other people, I was fortunate enough to have the advice of some of my fishing buddies, but not all individuals have teaching skills. That’s why I had to do a lot of research all on my own. While YouTube and other websites of this kind have a plethora of video resources that can help you understand how you’re supposed to tie a knot and virtually everything else that has to do with an actual move, some theoretical basics about using a rod and reel are harder to understand.

One website that I found particularly helpful in this sense is Fishing Noob. What I really like about it is that it is organized as a beginner’s guide for the angler who doesn’t yet know what he or she wants to use or fish for. The guys who are behind this website made it very clear that they would present all the important information and they’ve done just this.

Using this resource, you can find out about anything from diagrams consisting of the parts of a rod or reel to the methods that you can utilize to assemble your pole or load a line on a reel. The guide also comes with a bunch of gear and equipment recommendations, which got me thinking that the name they chose for their website was definitely on point.

Another link I can recommend is the website titled Dummies.com. Probably everyone in the world has heard about the book series for dummies, whether you’ve ever wanted to repair your plumbing, start reading about online marketing, or just learn how to use a microscope. I don’t know if these two, the website and the book series, are related some way or the other, but the fact of the matter is that this particular website has an extremely useful cheat sheet that you can use to become a prepared angler.

With the help of the guide that you will find on Dummies.com, you’ll be able to correlate the rod power with the perfect line size and the right lure weight. It’s simple, really, as everything is designed to be either a user-friendly table or some sort of drawing.

Finally, the last resource I can tell you about is a book called The Total Fishing Manual by Joe Cermele and the editors of Field & Stream. This guide has as many as 317 essential fishing skills including techniques, tactics, and various tools that you can utilize to up the game.

I hope that this post has helped you one way or the other. If you have any suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments!

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Getting to know Canada

Hi there! My name is Marc. I am a Romanian immigrant currently based in Manitoba, Canada, where I moved back in 2010. I have decided to start this community blog so that I can help other immigrants with useful information about moving to Canada, moving here, and all the documentation one may need in order to get prepared for everything. Since I made the decision of moving to another corner of the world, I’ve discovered that Canada offers lots of places to go fishing to. This is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite pastimes whenever I have some spare time on my hands. I’ll try to cover all my fishing experiences in the hopes that they will assist other beginning anglers such as myself.

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I come from a rather traditional family, and my parents would have expected me to stick nearby and try to make it on my own back in Romania. However, my character is anything but traditional, in that I like experimenting with new places, new people, and even tasting new dishes and specialities whenever I have the chance. Over time, I’ve traveled to France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy. I ended up traveling to Canada because I have some relatives here who immigrated to the country before the 1990s. I had nothing to lose when I came here, and soon enough I found that Canadians are friendly and warm and will always treat you respectfully as long you do the same.

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I also like the local cuisine and have tried my best to cook the fish I was able to catch in Manitoba. Whenever I have the opportunity, I will upload some recipes and talk about how an angler can make a mini-masterpiece out of an apparently uninteresting fish. I’ll make sure to give you all the detail with regard to the places I’ve gone fishing and about the catches I’ve managed to get over there. Manitoba has over eighteen species of game fish, and some of the most interesting ones are pike, trout, and goldeye.

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There are various small fish that can be targeted, as well, as the place is packed with creeks and streams and many lakes, as well. Ice fishing is another popular technique in these parts, and it’s the only one where it is legal to use two rods instead of one, as would be the case with typical angling. Manitoba has some of the cleanest waters out there, which is why there have been few cases where fish were reported to contain traces of mercury.

 

Given the fact that I would like this to be a community blog, I urge you to leave comments and interact with me as much as you wish. I’ll be sure to answer your questions as soon as I get to them.