Common seasonal fish in our area include: January-April: sea bass, striper, mackerel May-September: albacore, sockeye, chinook, coho and pink salmon, pollock, haddock, sole, whiting October-December: pollock, sole, mackerel Year Round: lingcod, flounder, halibut Terms to know Wild caught fish are usually captured in a large net that?s dragged through deep water, which can snag other species not ready for harvesting. Industrial wild fishing techniques have contributed to unhealthy conditions in two-thirds of the world?s fish populations, according to scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Farm raised fish are grown in special hatcheries in tanks or special containments set up in rivers or the sea. Many scientists, activists and fishermen argue that farm raising techniques have harmful effects on the ecosystem, including the destruction of coastal habitats and depletion of fish populations. Line caught fish are captured individually, reducing the amount of out-of-season of undersized fish that are killed. Though more expensive, this is usually the most eco-friendly method of catch. Where to buy Before you buy, make sure standard food safety conditions are apparent. Fish should be displayed on beds of fresh ice, belly or skin side down. A strong fishy smell is no red herring, it?s a good reason to suspect your potential dinner may be going bad. Though some species? eyes turn cloudy in their final throes on the docks, most should be clear and protruding slightly.