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Ps. Ugly Fish I Love You

Updated: Aug 4, 2019


Written By: Marketing Coordinator Intern, UMass Dartmouth, Michaella Lesieur


Living sustainable is a lifestyle that everyone should consider adhering to. Yes, we have heard of all the various ways to go-green but we want to take it to the next level. The fishing industry is at its peak and with local docs in arms reach there is no reason as to why we shouldn't be utilizing the resources that come right from our own ocean. But yet fish such as monkfish, dogfish, red fish and scup are underutilized but abundant.


It’s important to know where your fish is coming from, seeing that many grocery stores are claiming their fish to be the freshest, when many are not even coming from our seas. When taking a trip to the grocery store you will notice quite a few people placing their order for salmon or lobster not realizing where it is coming from. By being aware of our local fisherman more people will be able to understand that our ocean has the freshest picks of fish that might not be so “pretty,” but packed with more benefits and flavor both for our oceans, consumers and fisherman.


There are ways you can now find out where you fish is coming from through its label. It is important to use this tracking system in order to see where your fish is coming from. This is a great way to tell if your fish is actually fresh or not and cached locally versus imported.

According to the article written by Michael Leviton for the Huffington Post, “Are Trash Fish the Answer” Leviton proclaims “As a chef, I want my industry to turn to underutilized fish species. These fish — species like redfish, sea robin and Atlantic pollock — have been dubbed ‘trash fish,’ and rejected by fishermen and chefs alike, who choose instead to keep only what consumers demand. Yet there is actually no such thing as ‘trash fish.’”


With this being said I find our fish to be quite beautiful in taste and seeing that monkfish is noted to be a great substitute to lobster for example, you could use it at your next dinner party. By using the fish that we have readily available to us will help in the over consumption of seafood as well. It will help to diversify the industry and keep a more sustainable rate of fish production. If we keep going at the rate we are going other resources are going to be diminished, which is why this is a win-win for everyone. Think local products means fresher eats. Eating local is one of the best things you can do to assure you are getting the freshest products that are more sustainable and better for you.


We should be proud of our “ugly” fish as it fills our oceans and brings to life the Atlantic Ocean, which we should note is the second largest ocean in the world. These fish represent our coastlines proud and should be used with pride as our fisherman spend sun up to sun down working to get the best catch. With that being said... Ps. Ugly fish I love you.

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