Mass. restaurant offers blacklisted fish dinner

January 6, 2011

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BOSTON—A Boston-based restaurant chain is planning a dinner featuring seafood it says environmental groups have "brainwashed" consumers to avoid.

Legal Sea Foods owner Roger Berkowitz tells the Gloucester Daily Times that guides such as "Seafood Watch," published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, have "no scientific basis," but intimidate buyers.

The guide, for instance, tells consumers not to eat trawl-caught Atlantic cod, because it says the gear damages sea floors.

The Jan. 24 dinner in Boston features tiger shrimp, cod cheeks and hake -- items Seafood Watch recommends people avoid.

Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson said the recommendations are "grounded in good science" and aim to inform consumers and keep fish and fishing communities healthy.

He said Seafood Watch would be happy to speak to Berkowitz.


Information from: Gloucester Daily Times,