Maine Seafood Guide - Haddock

Haddock

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

buying & preparing | brands | certifications | links | featured harvester


Species Description
Haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Wild.

The haddock is distinguished from other groundfish like cod and pollock by a black line along its sides, a sooty black patch above the pectoral fin, and a pointy dorsal fin. Haddock are usually found a bit deeper than cod; they enter bays and reaches between islands but never go into brackish water. They remain in the Gulf of Maine year-round, but may move closer to shore in summer.


Season
Year-round.
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Status (see the About page for definitions)
While haddock populations have rebounded in the Gulf of Maine, NOAA recently declared Gulf of Maine haddock to be subject to overfishing. Overfishing is not occurring for Georges Bank haddock (more from NOAA Fishwatch).
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Regulatory Authority
Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) fishery managed by the New England Fishery Management Council.
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Harvest Method
Otter trawl, gillnet, some hook and line.
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Recreational Harvest
Permitted from May 2016 through February 2017. There is a minimum size limit of 17 inches (keep only fish larger than this). Limit 15 fish per angler per day.
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Health Benefits & Risks
Haddock is a low-fat and low-calorie protein source, but contains lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than other seafoods. Haddock is low in mercury.
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Buying & Preparing
Given the recent recovery of the Gulf of Maine population, haddock is now the ubiquitous flaky white fish of Maine’s restaurants and seafood shacks. It is readily available fresh and frozen. Haddock is somewhat delicate and mild and is best served baked, broiled, fried, steamed/poached, or in chowder.
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Companies, Brands, and Labels
Port Clyde Fresh Catch
Traditional smoked Finnan Haddie from Stonington
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Certifications & Verifications
Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested
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Links
TBD.
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Featured Harvester
TBD.
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species description | season | status | harvest method | recreational harvest
health benefits & risks | 
buying & preparing | brands certifications | links | featured harvester