There are some terrific fish on our little planet and while we are, indeed, overfishing our seas , I constantly marvel at how delicious certain varieties of aquatic vertebrates are, including mackerel, sardines, cod, swordfish, trout, branzino, striped bass, salmon, etc. Much of the overfishing talk centers on Tuna, which is a large industry in Southern Italy, especially near Sicily (where the world’s best tuna is caught and sold to the highest bidders). The Mattanza(or spiritual fish harvest) take place in May and June and used to be centered on catching bluefin tuna with nets, but the tuna industry has become huge and the traditional manner of catching tuna has given way to massive harvests with modern techniques.
Salmon, of course, is not native to the waters surrounding Italy and consumption of salmon is low as opposed to other fish species in Italy, especially in relation to whitefish from the Mediterranean (e.g., seabass and seabream) to coldwater fish. Salmon is consumed in some parts of northern Italy and in the larger cities (including smoked salmon on toast during the holiday months).