off flavour

off flavour
1) the unacceptable muddy or musty flavour of some fish flesh from pond-raised species such as carp and catfish. The flavour may be caused by blue-green algae in the diet and can be removed by holding the fish in running water for 1-2 weeks. May be hyphenated
2) spoiled or decaying fish. Associated with oxidative rancidity of lipids, bacterial action, pollutants in the flesh, blue-green algae blooms, etc. May be hyphenated

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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