Shopping for fish can intimidate even the most experienced of home cooks. Most supermarkets sell ready-portioned fillets wrapped in sealed plastic packages but they sell whole fresh fish too, making the fish counter a daunting place to shop! Here are a few quick pointers and tips to make your fishy choice so much easier: 1 Firstly and most importantly, choose a local, sustainable fish from the SASSI green list. If we are to continue to enjoy what the sea provides, we need to shop wisely. Don’t overlook farmed fish either. Trout, salmon and tilapia are delicious and sustainable 2 Use you eyes, fingers and nose. A fish’s eyes should be clear, not cloudy. The gills should be a deep red, almost purple. The flesh should be firm and should bounce back when poked. The skin should glisten and have a sheen to it and not be dry and dull. But most interesting, is that the fish should not smell like….fish! It should have a fresh ocean smell. 3 Be on the lookout for local fish shops and markets. Many of them have their own boats, ensuring the freshest of fish. 4 Fishermen have days off too. Fishermen have Sunday off so the fish you purchase on Monday have been out of water for two days. Wait a day and you will purchase a much fresher fish! 5 Try a new type of fish. Ask your fishmonger what is fresh, local and cheap. You will be surprised by the delicious flavour of gurnards, angelfish and silvers. All sustainable and a fraction of the price of the regular kingklip. 6 Get experimental; try out a different method. Ask your fishmonger to butterfly your snoek for the braai, or leave whole to bake or even ask them to fillet your yellowtail for a quick and easy ceviche! The choice is yours!