Acadian Redfish : Back From The Brink And Ready For Your Menu.

Acadian Redfish

Acadian redfish is a slow-growing, slow-reproducing fish that is also known as ocean perch. It shouldn’t be confused with Gulf redfish, which are a type of drum. Acadian redfish numbers hit an all-time low in the mid-1980s. But under improved management the population has rebounded. Today, the species is under Sector management, a modified catch … Read more

Monkfish : Ugly But Delicious: “The Poor Man’s Lobster.”


After being declared overfished in 1999, fisheries managers adopted a number of conservation measures that led to monkfish, also called angler fish, being rebuilt in 2013.  After years of being red-listed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, the fishery was upgrade to “Good Alternative” in 2012. Current management measures include area closures, area … Read more

Chilipepper Rockfish : A Fun Name For A Fish You Can Do Anything With.

chilipepper rockfishs

Chilipepper Rockfish range from Baja California to British Columbia, though in the United States, most are landed along the central coast of California.  The fish has an elongated head that lacks spines, a protruding lower jaw and a distinct bright red-orange color. In 2000, the U.S. Pacific groundfish fishery, of which Chilipepper and some 90 … Read more

Atlantic Pollock : Once Unpopular But Now On The Rise

atlantic pollocks

In New England, the pollock fishery, once decimated by overfishing, is now managed sustainably and the population is healthy. This species is different from Alaskan pollock—but both are sustainable choices. Before the 1980s, Atlantic pollock were primarily harvested as bycatch. However, demand grew steadily, peaking in 1986. By 1994, the stock crashed due to overfishing. … Read more

Lingcod : A Real Value And Great For the Grill.


Despite the name, these fish aren’t actually cod at all – they are in the same group of fishes as sablefish, Pacific rockfish and scorpionfish. Found only on the West Coast, these bottom-dwellers can reach 5 feet and 80 pounds while living for more than 20 years. The population is now thriving, with stocks above target … Read more

Making the Deadliest Catch Less Deadly – and More Sustainable

bering sea crabs

Snow crab are caught in ice-cold Alaskan waters of the Bering Sea. Operating since the 1950’s, competition in the fishery intensified in the 1990’s and was declared overfished in 1999. The government tried to regulate fishing through short seasons, which created a derby or race to fish. Along with legendarily tough weather conditions, the race for fish … Read more