I've never been a fish eater. I've always found that it tastes gross and as a child I remember my sister choking on a small bone. It wasn't practical, didn't please my taste buds, and stunk.
I think I have much better reasons today for not consuming life from the sea. I've never understood the people who are "vegetarians" but continue to eat fish - and some have even coined the term "pescatarian" to disassociate themselves from the "cruelty" of eating farm animals. While this is, for obvious reasons, a very admirable first step, I'd like to challenge the thinking behind continuing to eat fish and seafood.
In recent studies, it has been determined that fish are extremely sentient beings that feel pain as much as birds and mammals. Period. They feel it when they get their mouths hooked by a fisherman, they feel the crush of a 100,000 of their fellow species in commercial nets. They share the same survival instinct when they are pulled from their homes and slaughtered for our culinary pleasure.
I recall when I was about 11 years old going to the East Coast of Canada - to Nova Scotia, and doing the "tourist" visit of a small fishery. I still remember the auger pulling the fish from the huge holding tanks, and mechanically positioning them on an assembly line to have their heads sawed from their writhing bodies. Perhaps this is why I didn't ever enjoy eating fish - it is the only slaughterhouse I've ever visited.
"What about farmed fish? They don't come from the sea.". The fact is that for every 1pound of Salmon meat produced, 5 pounds of smaller fishes are needed to 'grow' it. Additionally, there are large amounts of antibiotics, chemicals, and other additives used to raise 'healthy' fish that exist only in an environment that has absolutely no resemblance to their natural one. Farmed fishes are still fish, and are just as sentient as wild ones.
If you're not informed about the state of our fellow marine earthlings, I encourage you to take a look at a few websites to be fully informed about something that many people contribute to without even knowing. It is my opinion, that the best way to not contribute, is to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle where you don't consume the flesh of any living creature. Here are some links that you can take a look at. These links don't specifically advocate for non-consumption of seafood and fish, but do give a good snap shot of the state of the oceans.
The Huffington Post
It's often said that "when we know better, we do better". I hope that the facts will inspire many more people to leave a fish or crustacean off their plate.