Even though this fish looks pretty derpy (kid talk for awkward and unusual) with it’s big eyes and red scales, it is one of our seacoasts sustainable fish, although that wasn’t that case not so long ago. In the 1950’s redfish was heavily fished and the population plummeted. Redfish couldn’t withstand the heavy fishing due to their slow growth and reproductive rates. Measures were implemented to allow the redfish population to rebuild. They also set restrictions on the type of fishing gear used and minimum size (9 inches is a keeper).
Thanks to these measures, and the sacrifices of fishermen, the populations rebounded. According to one study in 2010, only 22% of the total allowable catch for redfish was harvested however, most of that was used as lobster bait.
Today NH Community Seafood is raising awareness of edible, sustainable Redfish also known as ocean perch. It can be harvested year round. A lean fish, it is flaky and moist. Prepare this as you would a snapper and for the love of fish, let’s keep it on the plate and not as lobster bait!
Jayden , The Kid Fish Monger