Prepared right, dogfish shark can be a tasty alternative to Cape cod
Cod lovers who want to eat locally sourced seafood may want to expand their palates.
Cod has slipped almost entirely out of reach for local fishermen over the last decade as stocks have declined due to overfishing and environmental changes and quotas have been reduced to near nothing, business writer Lorelei Stevens notes in a July 26 story about fish supplies on the Cape.
The top five species landed by local fishermen are spiny dogfish, skates, monkfish, Atlantic sea scallops and lobster, according to Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance Communications Director Nancy Civetta.
Lobsters and scallops are fish market and restaurant menu staples and monkfish may show up occasionally, but the Chatham Fish Pier is one of the few places to see “dogs” and skates. That’s where local boats line up to offload them so they can be boxed, iced and fork-lifted into trucks headed off Cape.
According to statistics provided by the alliance based on state data, Cape and Islands fishermen landed 6.3 million pounds of dogfish in 2014. That compares to 170,150 pounds of cod last year.
So what to do with 6.3 million pounds of dogfish?
Corner Store owner Steve DeLeonardis is one of the Cape restaurateurs making a start.