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    WSF Hardcore Poster dmrevis's Avatar
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    worms / parasites in Pollack flesh

    I filleted a pollock i caught the other day to give to a friend and noticed that there were two little, very thin worm/parasite type things in the flesh.
    What are these, are they dangerous to the fish and if removed can you still eat the fish? I didnt give the fillets away just in case.
    I'm guessing these arent just specific to pollack either? I've heard of them in cod also up here. Would it be a case of where they are caught, i.e around sewer outlets etc?

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    do a search on here for them mate,there has been a few threads recently about them

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    WSF Hardcore Poster dmrevis's Avatar
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    oh i tried a search but couldnt find anything.

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    when i used to fish HBW we used to get them i found that if you looked at the fishes eyes they had white blemishes on the eye ball if there was allot they were crawling with them when you filited them if the eyes were clear of the spots they seemed ok this is how outhers started to tell also but more than likly outher people already new this hope it helps you mate

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    Google "nematode worms" Its the natural cycle of seal sh*t ending up in fish. They can be removed or cook the fish well and leave them in...extra protien
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    as already said

    cooked well I dont think they will cause any bother.

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    Its completely normal to find worms in fish, particularly white fish. Normally they are located near the stomach but can be anywhere in the fillet. Just pick them out with the tip of the knife. Any unseen worms will be harmless once cooked and im sure if eaten raw would most probably be killed by stomach acid.

    I fillet upto 200kgs every day so have plenty of experience with this. The only worm i know of that is deadly is found in mackeral and scad and is called "annis sackis" (not sure on spelling). Its rare and is perfectly harmless once cooked, only dangerous if eaten as sashimi.

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    I was told if u gut them straight away u they don't have time to move into the flesh don't know how true it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothy370 View Post
    I was told if u gut them straight away u they don't have time to move into the flesh don't know how true it is
    I think you'll find that is a myth. The worms can be in the flesh while the fish is still swimming around.

    The cycle of the worms is this - seal poops out worm larvae, small shrimps, crabs eat the seal poop and this is how the worms get into the food chain. A fish comes along and eats the shrimp etc, and now the worm is in the fish. The worm stays in that fish, and burrows it's way into the flesh where it will stay until a seal eats the fish and then the worm will lay eggs in the seal, which then gets pooped out. Low and behold the cycle is repeated, and a new batch of fish get infected.

    Much more common in inshore fish as there is a higher concentration of seals and therefore poop.
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