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Underutilized Seafood


June - October 2014

Out of the Blue Participants

  • Adriatic
  • Churchill Events
  • DiMillo's
  • Fishin' Ships
  • Five Fifty-Five
  • Five-O Shore Road
  • Fore Street
  • Gilbert's Chowder House
  • Hannaford
  • Henry and Marty
  • Inn by the Sea
  • King Eider's Pub
  • Rosemont Market
  • Saltwater Grille
  • Shaw's and Star Market
  • Solo Bistro
  • The Salt Exchange

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Click the map for locations of Out of the Blue establishments.

Developing Markets for Underutilized Seafood

In 2011, a team of local fishermen, restaurants, and food service providers began working with GMRI to build markets for underutilized and under-appreciated Gulf of Maine species. This team used criteria, such as low ex-vessel price, only a small percent of allowable catch harvested, variance in foreign market values, and strong management were used to identify four species to promote. Ultimately, the project seeks to increase consumer awareness of underutilized local, sustainable seafood by spotlighting these species at local restaurants and food service outlets.

2014 Out of the Blue Seafood Promotions

Starting in June 2012, restaurants showed their support of local seafood by participating in week-long promotions of each of the four species identified. The Out of the Blue promotions returned in 2013, with each species being featured on participating restaurant menus during the corresponding ten-day period. In 2014, GMRI Culinary Partners have commited to promote underutilized species and serve them on the menu when available throughout the summer and fall. You can also find some of these species at Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested brand partners like Hannaford, Shaw's, Star Market, and Big Y supermarkets. Out of the Blue species include Acadian redfish, Atlantic mackerel, dogfish, whiting, and Atlantic pollock. Look for them at participating locations to expand your palate and support the local fishing industry!

2014 Species Promotions Schedule:

Redfish Fact Card - June

Mackerel Fact Card - July

Dogfish Fact Card - August

Whiting Fact Card - September

Pollock Fact Card - October

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Project's Steering Team

Species Recipes

  • Michael Boland (Havana,Rupununi)
  • Charles Bryon (The Salt Exchange)
  • Bob Campbell (Yankee Fisherman's Cooperative)
  • Ken Cardone (Bowdoin College Dining Service)
  • Jim Frank (fisherman)
  • David Goethel (fisherman)
  • Sam Hayward (Fore Street)
  • Mitchell Kaldrovich (Sea Glass)
  • Rauni Kew (Inn by the Sea)
  • Richard Kolseth (fisherman)
  • Justin Libby (fisherman)
  • Rob Odlin (fisherman)
  • Rick Trundy (fisherman)

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Nick Flavin, a local Maine artist, generously provided all of the artwork used in the Out of the Blue promotions. To see more of Nick's work please click the link to visit his website:


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