Maine Seafood Guide - Cusk

Cusk

species description | season | status | regulatory authority |
harvest method | recreational harvest | health benefits & risks | 

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Species Description
Cusk Brosme brosme
also known as tusk, torsk

Wild.

Cusk is a member of the cod family. It is a slender fish with a single long, thick dorsal fin and pectoral fins edged in black. Cusk varies in color depending on its habitat. Sluggish and weak swimmers, cusk stay near hard sea bottom in deep water, from Newfoundland to New Jersey.


Season
Year-round.
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Status (see the About page for definitions)
Little is known about Gulf of Maine cusk, including stock structure. Cusk were designated by NOAA as a species of concern in 2004, and it is currently a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
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Regulatory Authority
Cusk is not managed separately but is caught in the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery managed by the New England Fishery Management Council.
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Harvest Method
Cusk is not targeted by commercial fishermen, but is caught with other groundfish.
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Recreational Harvest
Cusk are occasionally caught by anglers targeting cod and haddock. There are no limits on size or number.
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Health Benefits & Risks
Cusk are similar in nutritional value to cod and haddock.
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Buying & Preparing
Ocean cusk is rare in the marketplace. A firm, white-fleshed fish good for chowders and stews, it can be substituted for halibut.

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Companies, Brands, and Labels
None.
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Certifications & Verifications
None.
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Links

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health benefits & risks | 
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