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Chefs, Ocean Researchers Team Up to Hook Diners on ‘Underutilized’ Gulf of Maine Fish Species

Aug 13, 2013

Bangor Daily News: In February, GMRI launched a culinary partnership with Sea Glass and several Portland eateries such as Local 188 and Five Fifty-Five as well as The Jordan Pond House Restaurant on Mount Desert Island.

“We focus on restaurants because they can change their menus a little more nimbly,” said Jen Levin, sustainable seafood program manager for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. “Restaurant owners and chefs are major thought leaders on this. It’s a way to try something in a restaurant setting, instead of buying at a store and cooking at home.”

Prices for underutilized fish are not as high on the open market. At the Portland Fish Exchange, a display auction for wholesalers, the average bid price for large cod one day this week was $3.15 a pound versus pollock, which was 99 cents. Large haddock was $2.40 and mixed redfish 93 cents.