Maine Seafood Guide – Redfish

Catch of Acadian redfish
Catch of Acadian redfish, (Sebastes fasciatus). Photo: FishWatch.gov
Species Description
Season
Status
Regulatory Authority
Harvest Method
Recreational Harvest
Health Benefits & Risks
Buying & Preparing
Brands
Certifications
Links


►Species Description

Acadian redfish Sebastes fasciatus
also known as ocean perch

Wild.

Acadian redfish or ocean perch is a slow-growing, long-lived deepwater fish of rocky, mud, or clay bottom habitats, although they move closer to shore in winter. They range from Iceland to the mid-Atlantic and are common in deep waters of the Gulf of Maine.


Season

Year-round.


Status

Redfish are not overfished nor is overfishing occuring. Estimates of redfish abundance have been increasing in recent years, and the stock was declared rebuilt in 2012.


Regulatory Authority

Redfish are part of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Management Plan.


Harvest Method

Otter trawl.


Recreational Harvest

There is a minimum size of nine inches but no daily limit.


Health Benefits & Risks

Sebastus species are low in fat and calories, and low in omega-3 fatty acids. Redfish are relatively low in mercury.


Buying & Preparing

Redfish is a firm, white-fleshed fish that requires careful handling, because it tends to spoil more quickly than other fish. Can be substituted for haddock and similar fish.


Companies, Brands, and Labels

Port Clyde Fresh Catch


Certifications & Verifications

Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested


Links

NOAA Fishwatch


Featured Harvester

Terry Alexander, Harpswell, ME