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We’d like to hear from you to learn more about the importance of these New England fish, no matter where you live. The better decision-makers know fish, the better informed will be their decisions.
These New England fish were illustrated by Dina Chapeau for the Ocean River Institute. How do they look?
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1. Salmon

2. Wolffish


3. Redfish


4.  Goosefish, a.k.a. Monkfish


5. Mackerel

6. Bluefin Tuna

7. Black-crowned Night Heron

8. Blueback River Herring

9. Cod

10.  Haddock

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Disclaimer: No fish were consumed in the making of this blog posting.

We know the black-crown night heron is not a fish. It is here to test you. On the survey page will you confuse the heron with herring? Black-crown night herons are most frequently seen when herring are running the river. As the herring travel they bring out the birds and bigger fish, which in turn bring out the eagles.

8 responses on “Fish Tales

  1. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

    Julia Child introduced Americans to the monkfish, one of her most favorite fish. I was thrilled to find a woman from France looking at ORI’s display window in Harvard Square by the Mt Auburn Street Post Office. She was looking closely at Dina Chapeau’s drawing of the monkfish because she wished to know what we called this fish in America. Monkfish has been called poor man’s lobster because in its white firm flesh is a hint of lobster taste. This is the best white fish for the grill come spring.

  2. Marilyn from Ithaca, NY

    When I was a child, my mother used to fix “codfish cakes,” which the whole family enjoyed. It was one of her go-to meals when the budget was pinched. Nowadays cod are much harder to come by, and much more costly.

    Ocean River Institute works hard to raise awareness about the plight of various fish populations, as well as the problem of overfishing in the world’s ocean waters. If we are going to have fish to eat in the future, we’re going to have to find ways to protect fish populations.

  3. Christine from Little Falls, NJ

    Partial to Haddock because one of my best friends is named Haddock. Don’t eat them either. I don’t eat any fish. I don’t eat my friends.

  4. Joseph from Benicia, CA

    Salmon lead incredible lives, living in both fresh and saltwater. They are extremely important food sources for all manner of creatures. It is a pity that there was no early regulation of California’s environment, for the numbers we have today are negligible compared with what used to be.

  5. Kirsten from Santa Fe, NM

    Monkfish is an awesome fish with a filament on their upper lip lures prey into their giant mouths! They can also match their color to their surroundings like chameleon and can seemingly walk around on their fins. What could one dislike about this unique looking and acting fish?!

    Bluefin Tuna:
    Oh I love this fish. I heard Sylvia Earle speak about this amazing long distance fish that can reach speeds up to 40 MPH and the more I research the more blown away I am. It grows to more than 330 lbs (much larger have been recorded). It is a top predator and has enormous strength. I dislike that the most ever paid for a fish is for a bluefin tuna that would be made into sushi! The more endangered the higher the price! Disgusting.

    Thanks for all you do to keep our waterway and ocean’s ecosystems healthy for the above fish and bird!

  6. Maryanne from Garnet Valley, PA

    I can’t rate one fish above another, as all of them are beautiful in their own way. And none of them should be subjected to an agonizing death by netting or by hook and reel. All of this is horrible. Fishes are sensitive creatures, with intelligence and memories. We should let them be, respecting their right to live their lives as nature intended for them.

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