Atlantic Rockfish and Bluefish Advisory

9 Jun

If you are a fan of rockfish or bluefish ( as I am), then you will be dissapointed and alarmed at the lastest in a string of food contamination news that is prevalent in our pollution-riddled society.

The Maryland Department of the Environment said in a June 3 press released a consumption advisory for striped bass and bluefish caught off the coast  of Maryland and other mid-Atlantic states. MDE said these fish contain harmful PCB levels, and should not be consumed by sensitive populations (pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems), and the general populus should limit their consumption of rockfish to one serving a month. Consumers of bluefish should limit their consumption to one serving every other month.

The striped bass, or rockfish

The striped bass, or rockfish

This is the eponymous rockfish, the stuff that dreams are made of. Sturdy enough to take a topping of crab imperial, and flavorful and tender enough to stand on its own pan seared or broiled with lemon, garlic, salt, pepper and a bit of white wine.

photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

This is bluefish. This fish is graduate-level fish eating. If you are scared of bones, don’t eat bluefish. It also has a meaty texture and a very assertive flavor (also not for everyone). This oily fish is best prepared baked, although I’ve eated it fried as a kid and it was really good, but heavy.

I swear, one day I’m going to rant about how we need to really take care of our food supply

4 Responses to “Atlantic Rockfish and Bluefish Advisory”

  1. Robster June 10, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    Agreed. I’m tired of worrying if what I eat will kill me fast or slowly.

    I added you to my blogroll. I thought you were there when I moved. Sorry about that. 🙂

  2. culinarychick June 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    I swear; everyday it’s another advisory about something in the food chain. I hate that immensly and wish that Congress wasn’t in the hip pocket of these corporations that pollute our planet.

    Oh wait, I forgot. The corporations OWN the planet.

  3. Kim August 24, 2009 at 4:10 am #

    Awwww … I love rockfish and bluefish. Sorry to hear this Diane … :o(

    • culinarychick August 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

      Yeah, it’s a shame because it just goes to show that we need to take better care of the bay, and the ocean.


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