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The milkfish, (Chanos chanos) is an important food fish in Southeast Asia and is the sole living species in the family Chanidae. (About seven extinct species in five additional genera have been reported.)

Milkfish have a generally symmetrical and streamlined appearance, with a sizable forked caudal fin. They can grow to 1.7 m but are most often about 1 meter in length. They have no teeth and generally feed on algae and invertebrates.

They occur in the Indian Ocean and across the Pacific Ocean, tending to school around coasts and islands with reefs. The young fry live at sea for two to three weeks and then migrate to mangrove swamps, estuaries, and sometimes lakes and return to sea to mature sexually and reproduce.

The fry are collected from rivers and raised in ponds where they grow very quickly and are then are sold either fresh, frozen, canned, or smoked.

The milkfish is a national symbol of the Philippines, where it is called bangus.

Because milkfish is notorious for being much bonier than other food fish in the country, deboned milkfish, or "boneless bangus," has become popular in stores and markets. Regional Foods Marketing started the boneless bangus business in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, and distributed it in major supermarkets and groceries in the Philippines. The term boneless bangus was coined by the proprietor to make the product more appealing to its market.

On September 1, 2007, Dagupan Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. ordered that “Dagupan bangus” (milkfish) be properly labeled to distinguish their genuine bonuan bangus (home-grown bangus) from "alien" bangus, which come from other provinces and have an offensive smell and taste of gilik or mud. Dagupan is known as the Bangus Capital of the World.
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Anonymous said...

I laugh when I hear
that the fish in the water
is thirsty.

KABIR - Spiritual Poet of India


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