Dave R wrote:Do you see more freshwater or saltwater fish in Israel?
I'd say about equal that what is sold is about equal even though there are a greater number of species of salt water fish available. What makes the difference in popularity is largely that the pond-raised fish are far less dear to buy.
Most freshwater fish that are found in local waters trout (rainbow and brown), rock bass, carp, talapia (known here as St Peter's fish or mousht) are pond raised but catfish are primarily in natural waters. Of saltwater fish found in local waters there are white and dusty grouper, sardines, amberjack, croacker (meagre), hake, European seabas (lavrak in Hebrew), lizardfish, shi drum, red mullet, white and spotted sea bream, pandora, dover sole, Spaish mackerel, little tuna (thonine), chub mackerel, grey mullet, rabbitfish, gilt-head sea bream and barracuda.
A good many fish are also imported, and if purchased at the right places, those can be fresh and of very high quality. When bought at the wrong places they can be frozen and/or of low quality. And then of course there is the imported abomination known as Princess of the Nile or Nile Perch - a fish that is not a perch, does not come from the Nile and is proabably at its best when purchased in large frozen blocks either to be used as a deadly weapon or to defrost and feed to the cats.