Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 when George Berkowitz opened a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He opened it adjacent to his father Harry’s grocery store Legal Cash Market where customers were given “Legal Stamps” (forerunners of S&H green stamps) with their purchases.
“We’ve seen what I would consider some pretty remarkable improvements in stock status in New England groundfish in 10 years,” said Tom Nies, groundfish fishery analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council. “I don’t want to sugar-coat them. We still have a ways to go. But when you look at the biomass trajectories since 1994 for all of the stocks in the groundfish plan, they’re almost all on an upward trend. Whether that’s the result of good management — that’s what we’d like to believe — or the result of blind luck, because of something in the environment, it’s a pretty dramatic turnaround.”
Yet, there’s one major exception: Georges Bank cod. Despite fishing cuts over the last 16 years or so, the Georges Bank cod is not bouncing back and is at 10 percent of fishery managers’ target. Stock sizes are still quite low and the status is still overfished with overfishing happening, per the last federal stock assessment, conducted in 2007.
So what’s going on with Georges Bank cod?
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Legal Sea Foods "Promoting" Sustainability? (w/ Press Release and Menu).
Berkowitz Does Disservice to Gloucester Fishermen and Sustainable Seafood Dialog.
Roger Berkowitz Responds, Sort of.
Bad Miriam: “If I do not have a Surf ‘n’ Turf burrito I will surely perish!”
Good Miriam: “No! Shrimp is bad! You know shrimp is bad! You are a goddamn marine biologist!”
Bad Miriam: “But it is sooooo delicious. Plus it tastes so good with the Super Secret Chipotle Sauce.”
Good Miriam: “Pollution! Bycatch! Habitat destruction! BAD! Bad naughty Miriam!”
Bad Miriam: “Shut the hell up while I eat this best of all possible burritos.”
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