Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) drawn by H. L. Todd
“Haddock are very plentiful all around the open Gulf (of Maine), as well as on all the offshore banks, especially on Georges where they greatly out-number the cod. This is, in fact, one of the two species that now rank at the top among Gulf of Maine fishes, from the commercial standpoint; the rosefish (Acadian redfish) is the other.”
From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI http://www.gma.org/fogm/Melanogrammus_aeglefinus.htm
Massachusetts landings declined from 130 million pounds in 1966 to 7.7 million pounds in 1973. Landings in 2016 were 10.7 million pounds.
Cumulative 1950-2016 reported Massachusetts landings were 3,064,610,662 pounds with a value of $639,412,505 (NOAA)
Acadian redfish in the same period, 1,576,336,078 pounds valued at $128,657,587
The 2002 edition of Fishes of the Gulf of Maine reports that the growth rate of haddock increased within 30 to 40 years, since about 1960 when they were more abundant, reaching an average size of 48-50 cm in 3 years compared to 4 years.
Gloucester’s day-boat groundfish fleet is in jeopardy as NOAA closes areas for cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine.
“NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard said the agency is doubling the quota on Gulf of Maine haddock for the remainder of the 2014 season to help offset the anticipated decline in cod revenues and landings in the wake of the area closures.” Gloucester Times.
Follow the story in the Gloucester Times.
Pictured is cod at CASE auction house today and the price per pound.
Photos @ Kathy Chapman 2014
Pan Seared Tile Fish with Lemon Herb Confetti Rice
Golden Tilefish caught by husband Barry & friends off the coast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina
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Just to show the honorable and effective meter maids of Gloucester do not play favorites they practically put the ticket under RD’s bill. But since Rubber Duck did indeed stretch the idea of a parking spot a bit parking at the front door of the Cape Ann Brew she went and paid the $15 fine promptly.
RD Fun fact: Don’t let these tickets sit in your pocket since the fine just gets bigger. Go to: www.gloucester-ma.gov , type in your ticket number and your plate number then shwing, you can use your credit card. They do tack on $3.50 if paid electronically but it is well worth it to get it off your dash or desk top. Pay a parking ticket, fill a pothole.
And it was well worth it. Rubber Duck was giving Shelley the visiting Biochemist from New Mexico the full Cape Ann tour which included lobster pick up and meeting Joey at the dock as well as the fish and chips (awesome huge chunks of haddock) at Cape Ann Brew.
The Yankee Lipper
loads it’s passengers and leaves the dock on a cold dark morning
On a Saint Joseph’s roll from Virgilio’s. If you stop by Passports tell my boy Eric that they should make this a regular menu item instead of a special.
Here’s some grey sole at the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction.
Within the first couple of years with my wife we were sitting at her parents house and somehow the topic of fish came up. My mother in law told me she didn’t like flounder, but she loved sole. I told her that sole is a flounder. There’s a lot of people who don’t really know their fish. I must admit as much fish as I’ve eaten in my lifetime if someone fried a fresh haddock or a cod fillet I’d have a hard time distinguishing the difference (and I’ve eaten tons).
My personal favorite types of fish in order of preference- fried whiting, baked haddock with the breadcrumbs, raw tuna, fried grey sole or yellowtail flounder, sockeye salmon.
Favorite shellfish- The Mrs’ Lobsterolls, steamed lobster with bernaise dipping sauce, baked stuffed littlenecks with my mothers’ stuffing recipe, Mexican Campeche brand shrimp with cocktail sauce, fried clams, mussels fra diavolo (extra spicy).
Look for part two of the video from the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction at 8AM
This particular shot is of a haddock carcass that has been salted to preserve it from rotting for future use as bait.
Is it me or does this Haddock look downright angry?