I didnīt see you post stating that fish at lakeside was lethal but, while, the lake fish may not be lethal in small doses, it is widely sold in markets such as the Jocotepec municipal market, which has a fish monger always selling these repulsive creatures, and other markets catering to a poorer clientele. There is also one fish monger in the Ajijic tianguis that sells them. Then you have the Charales sold extensively at the Chapala peir that they love to tell you is farm raised. Fine, you show me a commercial Charales farm around here when these fish are abundant right in the lake at a fraction of the cost.
It is simply not true that all fish sold at lakeside is from the ocean. I would also question the source of fried fish, fish tacos and stuff like that around here that you might buy in restaurants or street stands. If you ask, of course they are going to tell you its from the ocean. Rule #1 around here is, if you donīt know for sure what it is donīt eat it.
Many very poor people are forced by circumstance to eat these poisonous fish and itīs a shame but there is nothing to be done about it.
Mexican vendors you donīt know and trust implicitly will tell you whatever you want to hear. Around Lake Chapala, every expat wants to hear that the fish is from the ocean. Itīs a tradition.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Aug 31, 2006, 8:18 AM)