Many bountiful and well-managed fish species from the Gulf of Maine are not harvested, primarily due to lack of market demand. Fishermen get paid so little for these products, they can’t afford to pay their expenses to harvest them. For example, the average boat price for dogfish in 2012 was $0.18/lb, while cod garnered $2.11/lb. Meanwhile, chefs who have worked with dogfish compare it to working with the popular mahi mahi.
To give the consuming public an opportunity to try these products, GMRI’s restaurant, institution, and retail partners work together to make them available and promote them (see promotions schedule). In addition, our Seafood Dining Series, provides an opportunity to try these products at a special dinner hosted by one of our Culinary Partners.
Out of the Blue species include Acadian redfish, Atlantic mackerel, dogfish, whiting, and Atlantic pollock. Look for them and ask for them at your local restaurants and retailers to expand your palate and support the local fishing industry!