WHAT IS A MAHI MAHI?
Also known as the dolphinfish or dorado, the name mahi mahi comes from the Polynesian language and means “strong strong.” This warm water fish doesn’t look anything like its namesake the dolphin. But they both make high-pitched underwater noises to communicate. And both creatures enjoy swimming ahead of ships traveling on the ocean. With a lifespan of only a few years, mahi mahi when young travel in groups but as they age stay with their partners. A tropical fish that prefers salt water, they can grow over 15 pounds in size and live up to 5 years.
WHERE DO MAHI MAHI COME FROM?
They thrive in the Pacific Ocean from Central to North America. However they can be found in many tropical and sub-tropical oceans around the world. In general the water temperature needs to be above 70 F (21 C).
WHEN IS A MAHI MAHI IN SEASON?
This fish is available year-round, but most of the fishing occurs during the summer.
ARE MAHI MAHI ONE OF THE DIRTY DOZEN?
No but they are also not a low risk alternative in terms of mercury risk. Pregnant women are advised to eat no more then 1 serving per week.
ARE MAHI MAHI A LOW-FAT FISH?
Yes! They have less then 1% fat versus most other fish. Despite this they have a delicious flavor somewhat similar to sea bass.