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Published on Jun 27, 2019
The most popular way to kill fish isn’t great for the fish — or our taste buds. Ting Mobile is the smarter choice for affordable cell phone service. Get a $25 credit when you try Ting at https://vox.ting.com
Most fish die the same way — slow suffocation in the open air. It’s easy for fishers, but it causes fish tons of stress, and floods their bodies with chemicals like cortisol, adrenaline, and lactic acid. Those chemicals make the fish taste bad, smell “fishy,” and rot quickly.
But there's a better way: a four-step Japanese method called ikejime. It involves sharp knives. And a brain spike.