Mulet jumping(Photo courtesy Greyhoundmom via Flickr)

Grist readers probably think of mullet as a bad haircut, since this humble fish doesn’t travel much outside the Gulf Coast — except as bait. But each year about 8 million pounds of mullet are harvested off the coastline of Florida alone. Leaping mullet are a frequent sight at dawn and dusk and the firm, full-flavored fish is a favorite in Southern cooking. The mountain, striped, and white mullet — all Seafood Watch Best Choices — are at risk from the spill.