The Triumphant Return of the Atlantic Butterfish

butterfishphoto 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.