National Fisherman


Brian Marder, of Marder Trawling on Hassey Street in New Bedford, said he cringed when he read the quote from a UMass student regarding the edibility of dogfish.

"I only know about these spe­cies because I go deep-sea fish­ing," said Riley Jones, a freshman medical laboratory science major at UMass Dartmouth, "but we never keep dogfish because we were told they're inedible. I wasn't even aware you could cook them."

Well, Jones sampled the dogfish at UMass on Tuesday, so now he knows: Indeed, you can cook them and you can eat and enjoy them.

The UMass taste test included three other species only marginally targeted by New Bedford groundfishermen: hake, pollock and redfish, all of which are plentiful and underfished in local waters.

The taste test is part of a push to find better choices for the beleaguered groundfishing fleet as their traditional catches such as cod and yellowtail flounder are regulated right out of their trawls.

The coordination among UMass, its food service vendor Chartwells, Plymouth-based Open Ocean Trading and local fishermen offers great potential: for more fish to be caught and sold, better prices for Chartwells and UMass, and fresher fish being eaten by UMass students here and across the state.

It seems like the perfect solution.

But it isn't.

Marder catches and sells dogfish — "99.999 percent" goes to overseas markets, he says — and would be happy to be selling more than .001 percent here.

Read the full story at the New Bedford Standard Times>>

Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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