HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s simple: If fishermen can’t catch it, we can’t eat it. On Wednesday, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center met with fishermen across New England to discuss the state of groundfish like cod.
The federal government had to close down all commercial and recreational cod fishing late last year because the population was at an all-time low. This restriction allows them to repopulate off the coast of Maine and Massachusetts.
22News spoke with Schermerhorn’s Seafood Owner Michael Fitzgerald as he was getting updated from his suppliers. Cod is still largely off limits, but there is a popular alternative you can buy.
“Mostly, it’s right now, haddock is the catch and haddock is very plentiful,” Fitzgerald told 22News. “Haddock may be a bit stronger than cod, but it’s very similar.”
Fishermen will be assessing the population of 20 different stocks of groundfish, which also includes yellowtail flounder and pollock. These population assessments help create the federal guidelines for catch limits on each type of fish.