Eating Invasive Species: Snakehead

In yet another example of aquarium fish becoming invasive species, the northern snakehead (Channa argus) has been taking over waterways in the Mid-Atlantic states and possibly beyond. Much like invasive lionfish, snakehead is a fish worth eradicating from our waterways, but tasty enough to do it by human consumption.

Eating Invasive Species: Lionfish

Lionfish could possibly be the most dangerous of all marine invasive species and needs to addressed before it's too late. But like green crabs and Asian carp, invasive lionfish may be a problem we can eat our way out of.

Species Spotlight: Herring

The herrings are a family of related schooling fish that occupy the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as well as the Baltic Sea. There are three species of “true” herrings: the Atlantic (Clupea harengus), Pacific (Clupea pallasii), and the Araucanian herring, (Clupea bentincki). There are other similar species also called herrings as well as subspecies of... Continue Reading →

Species Spotlight: Haddock

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) occupy a similar range to their cousins in the cod family. They usually prefer deeper water than cod and with smaller, more delicate mouths, are not the voracious eaters that large cod can be. Besides being smaller than cod, haddock are darker in color, with a black lateral line and a distinctive... Continue Reading →

Species Spotlight: Flounder And Sole

This post examines the various types of flatfish seen in markets, with the exception of halibut. These fish go by many different names depending upon locality and marketing but brill, dab, flounder, sole, tongue, turbot and plaice are all flatfish. They are found ocean wide, with hundreds of individual species and hybrids. Flounder, meaning “flatfish”... Continue Reading →

Species Spotlight: Monkfish

Monkfish (Lophius americanus), also known as goosefish is a type of anglerfish that is common in the Western North Atlantic. As an anglerfish, they hide in the mud or sand and catch prey with the use of a specialized “lure” on its head. They are caught year-round along the U.S. Eastern seaboard but landings increase... Continue Reading →

Species Spotlight: Mackerel

Among the 30 or so fish that are called mackerel there are the so-called “true mackerels” like the Atlantic mackerel (scomber scombrus), Spanish mackerels like king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla), and many unrelated fish with mackerel like characteristics. Mackerel are smaller and slimmer than tuna but have similar streamlined bodies, forked tails, silver or white bellies... Continue Reading →

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