What's Not to Love About Underloved Species?

Gulf of Maine Redfish, Atlantic Winter Skate and West Coast Dover Sole populations may be thriving, but neither fishermen nor consumers are paying them much attention. In most years, only a small percentage of the allowable catch of these fish are taken. Add to that the fact that some, like skate, are considered bycatch and the majority of the Gulf of Maine Redfish landed are used as lobster bait, and you have some seriously underutilized species that, like Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect. 

Plated photos of Gulf of Maine Redfish, West Coast Dover Sole, and Atlantic Winter Skate

Underutilized Species are Good for Your Palette, Your Pocketbook and Your Planet

But when demand shifts even a little from keystone species like salmon and tuna to more bountiful and sustainable but less well known fish like these, it creates a stronger market for US fish overall and allows fishermen to have more diverse sources of income throughout the year. Underutilized fish are good for your pocketbook as well as the fisherman’s.

Give Underutilized Fish Some Love

Sea to Table is proud to be involved in the effort to make these lesser known delicacies easily available to the public. Gulf of Maine Redfish, with its large flake and crustacean-like flavor, is an easy and inexpensive addition to your weeknight table. Atlantic Winter Skate, once relegated to either the trash or to high end restaurants, is just waiting for you to try. And just wait until you try the West Coast Dover Sole.

Consider giving these fish some love next time you place your Sea to Table order and save some money while you help protect and grow the bounty of the oceans. Consider adding Gulf of Maine Redfish, Atlantic Winter Skate, or West Coast Dover Sole to your cart today.

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