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Monkfish

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Monkfish Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Anglerfish, Ankoh, Goosefish U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl, Bottom Gillnet
Monkfish Liver Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Ankimo U.S. Atlantic Bottom Trawl, Bottom Gillnet


Monkfish, Bottom Gillnet & Bottom Trawl, U.S. Atlantic

U.S. monkfish caught with bottom trawl and bottom gillnet is a "Good Alternative."

Consumer Note

Monkfish is known as ankoh when prepared for sushi, and the liver is sold as ankimo.

Summary

Monkfish is found from the Canadian Maritimes to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This recommendation is for the U.S. monkfish fishery only.

Monkfish is vulnerable to overfishing and the fishery was once classified as overfished. But thanks to improved management, stocks have been able to increase over recent years to a more sustainable level.

There are two fisheries. The northern stock, including Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, is caught primarily with bottom trawl; while the southern stock south of Cape Cod is caught primarily with bottom gillnets.

Both have bycatch problems. The trawl fishery accidentally catches several groundfish species, while the gillnet fishery catches endangered Atlantic sturgeon. Work is ongoing to minimize bycatch.


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