What's for dinner tonight? At Alewife in Baltimore, Snakehead!
Everything came together this week for all parties trying to make a push to help control the snakehead population in our local waters. Steve Vilnit of Maryland DNR Commercial Fisheries Outreach and Marketing, Laura Vozzella of The Baltimore Sun, Chef Chad Wells of Alewife in Baltimore, and John Rorapaugh Director of Sustainability all have been working to make more Chefs aware of this versatile fish. Laura began research for her article this week and ironically a commercial fisherman landed a few and knew where to go with them, ProFish. Wheels began to move quickly and the next evening we were all in Chef Chad's kitchen cutting, cooking, and eating them with photographs and video to record it all. The snakehead population retreat to unfishable waters during these spawning months. The fisherman was surprised to see the snakehead in his nets in July. We are a month away from seeing any large amounts of this highly invasive species. We have a waiting list of Chefs that want to sample this fish to work out recipes before the truly active fishing months begin. We also have the fisherman targeting the highly invasive Blue Catfish which utilizes the same net type and waters to catch the snakehead. We will continue to see a few arriving with our blue cat deliveries and can't wait to see the first large delivery of this truly versatile protein.