There are many reasons to avoid eating a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich. 

We can start with taste.

 Next comes nutrition: The fried, soggy mess has 380 calories, 45% of which come from fat. The sandwich also delivers 640 mg sodium. That’s virtually on par with a Quarter Pounder, which has 410 calories (42% from fat) and 730 mg sodium. 

Now, there’s another reason to Filet-O-flee: ecosystem damage. 

While McDonald’s claims to use sustainable fish, the fast-food titan is drawing fire from environmental groups. 

Instead of buying the expected Pacific cod or Alaskan pollock (both eco-friendly choices), much of the chain’s fish is New Zealand hoki, whose sustainability is being questioned. 

As New York Times reporter William J. Broad reveals in From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, with a Catch

Without formally acknowledging that hoki are being overfished, New Zealand has slashed the allowable catch in steps, from about 275,000 tons in 2000 and 2001 to about 100,000 tons in 2007 and 2008—a decline of nearly two-thirds.

Peter Trott, fisheries program manager for Australia’s World Wildlife Fund, told Broad that his group has “major concerns” about hoki. Click here to read the full story. 

And here’s an idea: Avoid fast-food fish by making an eco-friendly choice and grilling or baking it to perfection. We can suggest the following recipes from our organic blog

  1. Fish Sticks in a Flash
  2. Gremolata-Crusted Fish Fillets
  3. Graham-Crusted Fish Fillets
  4. Catfish with Peanut-Coconut Crust
  5. Moroccan Sauce for Fish/Seafood
  6. Madras Curry Dip for Fish/Seafood
  7. Creole Mustard Dip for Fish/Seafood
  8. Grilled Catfish Tacos with Citrus Slaw