photo by Will Schulman
We are seeing an extraordinary return of the new darling of sustainability, Atlantic butterfish, to the docks.
Earlier this year, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council declared definitively, in a strongly worded press release, that this fish stock is incredibly robust. They further confirmed that this has been the case for a number of years, to the delight of many local fishermen who have long shared that perspective. It is only over the past few months, since the catch-quota has been greatly increased, that we are seeing a resurgence in local landings.
This is great news for diners because Atlantic butterfish are an ideal panfish with a savory name, and our fishermen are intent on re-introducing it to the public.