Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
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Scott J. Soares
Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources
We served as judges, rating the seafood cooking skills of celebrity chefs, Christian Collins and Derrick Prince during a “Seafood Throwdown” and lobster fisherman Captain Steve Holler provided the “mystery fresh catch of the day” for the contest – which was lobster!
Contest rules were simple: chefs were given $25 and 15 minutes to shop the festival’s farmers markets and stalls for fresh ingredients and prepare the lobster. It certainly wasn’t our worst job assignment to taste test the two delicious dishes prepared by the chefs – a grilled lobster salad and a lobster dish served on top of pureed potatoes with other vegetables. Congratulations to Derrick Prince for coming out on top!
During the event we announced the first commercial lobstermen to become certified under the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), an exclusive state label program that identifies Massachusetts agricultural and seafood products that are produced, harvested and processed responsibly. Consumers who purchase products from a CQP-certified lobsterman can be sure that they are getting a high-quality product, fished from Massachusetts waters, using approved practices for harvesting and handling.
Dave Casoni, secretary of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association and Beth Casoni, the Association’s associate director, helped kick off the launch. Captain Holler, who is captain of the November Gale and a CQP-certified lobsterman, brought his boat and fresh, live lobsters for sale to the event.
The event highlighted the work by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association to support small-scale fishermen and fishing communities and the development of local seafood markets.
Lobster landings continue to be plentiful this time of year, and consumers should know the fall is an excellent time to get a quality lobster at a reasonable price. Bon appétit!
Information about lobster fishing.
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