It’s that time of year when the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ is commonly heard. Local rockfish quotas are allocated annually on January 1st, and they must be caught within that calendar year. With only 45 days left in 2023, fishermen who haven’t caught their rockfish quota are now seeking others to do it for them.
Business is slow, and wild rockfish are being harvested in various places, including Long Island Sound in New York, Virginia, and several areas in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay waters. Consequently, with an excess catch and limited business, rockfish prices have plummeted and are expected to stay low for the foreseeable future. Expect plenty of local rockfish to be available from now until the end of the year. Consider adding it to the menu!