The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance co-hosted a special event in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on Monday, 13 June to showcase culinary creations featuring dogfish, an underutilized species abundant in the Gulf of Maine.
High Liner Foods, Ipswich Shellfish, Marder Trawling, Red’s Best, SeaTrade International and Zeus Packing each offered their dogfish products to buyers from local restaurants, institutions,and retail operations, according to a GMRI press release.
The buyers provided feedback to the companies on each dish, helping inform future product development. The goal is to increase market demand for dogfish, which will result in better prices for fishermen, according to GMRI, a nonprofit organization supporting economic and ecological sustainability in the Gulf of Maine.
“This event was a great opportunity for buyers and vendors to make connections and find ways to get more dogfish in the market,” said GMRI sustainable seafood program manager Jen Levin. “It means a great deal to the people who make their living from the ocean, because dogfish offers potential as an important contributor to the economic and ecologic sustainability of the region’s seafood industry.”