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canso

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Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« on: November 21, 2007, 07:58:23 PM »

Have you guy's ever met up with a Tapeworm when cleaning your Salmon?

how normal is this?

4-5' of tape worm came out of my biggest Spring this year.
I didn't really figure it out until I saw it trying to worm away, then I noticed it had eaten some of the roe as well.

its been in the back of my mind since I saw it.
the fish is still frozen in my freezer, awaiting her future.
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2007, 08:10:47 PM »

That's why I never eat raw fish.
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2007, 08:16:24 PM »

Technically a having a baby is considered a "host - parasite" relationship. So having a tapeworm is as close to the special moment as you can get as a guy. Hope that wets your whistle. :-\
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2007, 08:53:25 PM »

Canso, I'm not any expert on this, but, from what I've read on a couple of sites where this topic has come up in the past (might have been on here as well), if that fish has been properly frozen, ALL the way thru, then there is no chance of any parasites surviving. And cooking will definitely take care of it (then its just extra protein). Apparently it is not unusual to find a variety of worm, or worm-like parasites, in fish (or a lot of other things that we eat, yumm). Although, I don't know that any type of tapeworm I've ever heard of would eat roe, I'm fairly sure (from what I recall from high school biology and a couple of knowledge network shows) that tapeworms extract their nutrients from the host by attaching to the inner wall of the intestines, but, like I said I'm not an expert.
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 09:16:38 PM »


I can't honestly say the tapeworm had eaten the eggs,
 but it seemed that there was about 1/4 of 1 side of the roe missing when compared to the other side.
I was in shock, since it was the first time I had seen something like that.

it was flat, about 1/4" wide, with defined segments, bone or light beige colour. and it moved pretty fast for a worm.
 
I kept cuting it up, but it was like I was helping it reproduce. lol
I felt bad for chucking it in the water, thinking i was infecting more fish :-\

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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007, 09:25:45 PM »

4-5' ? :o
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2007, 09:44:47 PM »

Paul lake near Kamloops was well known for trout with tapeworm in them. As far as I heard some guy who lived in one of the lakeshore cabins was responsible for the problem. Shocked me the first time I saw one in a trout but one in a Salmon is news to me. Then theres Hatzik Lake coiler demons too. :(
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2007, 09:47:59 PM »

4-5' ? :o

oh ya!
when I first poked at it with the knife I dragged it along the table and it uncoiled like an accordion,
thats when I started cutting it up, and figured out what it was.

I'm still disturbed about the whole situation, this is the first Iíve talked about it.
it happend in Aug.

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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2007, 10:17:31 PM »

Freezing your fish -18C for seven days continuouse will kill off those parasites.

Tapeworm is a common problem with fish that pass through seal, sea lion, infested area.(salt water fish).

If you got it in you, well..  you'll start to eat alot and still loose weight.   ;)
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2007, 11:11:03 PM »

That's why I never eat raw fish.

Salmon rolls are my favourite (raw salmon), maybe I should say "were" :D.... :-\. Do they freeze the salmon before making sushi with it?
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2007, 11:39:04 PM »

I believe they do
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2007, 12:08:47 PM »

they are supposed to freeze them however some of the smaller sushi places may not . I have been to a place where they take out a chunk of atlantic salmon becauce they ran out as they say .
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2007, 12:47:55 PM »

That's why I never eat raw fish.

Salmon rolls are my favourite (raw salmon), maybe I should say "were" :D.... :-\. Do they freeze the salmon before making sushi with it?

Properly prepared Sushi is flash frozen to kill all parasites. The Greater Vancouver area restaurants are pretty on the ball but i cant speak for other markets. The Phoenix Coyotes hockey team has been poisoned 3 times now eating sushi in Arizona. My wife is a biologist and some of the parasites that live in fish can be much worse than tapeworms !!!!! So go easy on the all you can eat sashimi in Merritt  ;D
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2007, 07:43:58 PM »

Toxin producing bacteria is the worst. Tapeworm after freezing, you need not to worry about it.
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Re: Tapeworm? when cleaning a fish
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2007, 10:32:13 PM »

Putting small tapeworms in sushi probably would sell good :) They wouldn't be so hard to eat as a 4 or 5 footer.
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