Atlantic Cod Alternatives – Support Local Sustainable Fisheries

As the oceans continue to be depleted all of us are on the lookout for new Sustainable Seafood options to sell and serve. With the recent news that the quota for Atlantic Cod has been cut by an alarming 77% we would like to do our part in helping the fisherman who have supplied kitchens across the country for decades by promoting the under appreciated species they will need to target if they are to survive.

It is our duty as Chef’s and fish mongers to recognize the severe real world impact of over-fishing in communities like Gloucester,MA and help those that have worked so hard to supply raw ingredients to kitchens everywhere. If they are to continue to exist in an ever changing marketplace we need to do our part as culinarians and promote cod alternatives and raise awareness among consumers.

 

Their are two species targeted by the New England Groundfish Fleet that your kitchen should be looking at as economical, delicious  and sustainable alternative’s to Atlantic Cod. This week we are offering the option to try either species FREE with your next order from the South Boston Dock of our price list

 

Atlantic Pollock is a close cousin to Atlantic Cod but generally runs smaller in size with a higher oil content. The fish have a firm white,sweet flesh with a flake similar to cod and makes an excellent direct replacement for Atlantic Cod. With the reduction in Atlantic Cod quotas the New England Fleet will target this species directly and supply should be consistently strong in coming years as the fishery is well managed and current stocks are above the target number for the species.

 

Atlantic Pollock

Atlantic Pollock

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Haddock is also very similar in taste and texture to Atlantic Cod but as with Pollock the fish tend run smaller. The flavor profile is very mild and the texture is a finer flake than Cod.  Strict Management for more than a decade has allowed this quick spawning species to rebound and current population levels are far above the targets.

 

Atlantic Haddock

Atlantic Haddock

 

Some call them Trash fish and we agree they may be the  answer to an local economy threatened with collapse unless Chef’s stand up and support the fishery.  With our help as chef’s and purveyors of seafood we can turn “trash” into treasure and help the Iconic New England Groundfish Fleet survive. Contact us today and lets start making a difference together!