Maine Cod Fishery in Danger of Federal Curtailing; NYC Restaurants Still Serving Cod


In previous centuries, stocks of cod were plentiful in the North Atlantic.

No one wanted to see it happen. Yet, anyone familiar with Cod (1997) by Mark Kurlansky or End of the Line (2004) by Charles Clover knows that stocks of cod in the near North Atlantic have been depleted to a fraction of what they were a few decades ago, and the fish that once fed the world and enabled long ocean voyages is in danger of never bouncing back.

So great was the danger, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration passed a regulation in 2004 requiring that the fishery be restricted so that stocks of fish in the Gulf of Maine could rebound by a target deadline of 2014. In 2008, there was a hopeful report that cod had already started to do just that, but we subsequently learned that the report was based on inconclusive and badly analyzed data.

An article in The New York Times, brought to my attention by a Sam Sifton tweet, notes that the shutdown or partial shutdown or other severe restriction of cod fisheries is imminent, and will likely have a devastating impact on the economy of New England. It also makes clear that the dire threat to the species is well documented.

Aren’t Maine fishermen reporting larger catches than ever, as evidenced by a 9 million pound catch in the Gulf of Maine last year, and anecdotal accounts of fishermen? Well, there are two explanations for that proposed by End of the Line. One is that fishing technology has made it far easier to spot and pursue the last remaining fish, and, even sadder, that fish may be bunching together in a survival attempt, making them easier to catch.

We decided to find out how frequently cod still appear on city menus, and here are the results. This list doesn’t include black cod — a different species — or salt cod, which is usually salt pollock. We took the data from menus posted on restaurant websites in all but three cases, where we got it from The 24 restaurants listed below are a fraction of the ones listed as serving cod on In some cases the source is identified on the menu, e.g., Chatham Cod, Casco Bay Cod, or Atlantic Cod. In other cases, the source is not identified.

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SamSifton Sam Sifton
Tension over codfish stocks, as feds weigh a shutdown of the fishery. NYT’s @abbygoodnough reports from Gloucester:
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A Sample of Restaurants Serving Cod

Abe & Arthur’s
Pan Seared Cod & Crispy Rock Shrimp, $32

Cod Fish Gratin with Shrimp, Carrots, Onions and Potatoes, $22

Truffle Crusted Casco Bay Cod, $27.00!food/vstc1=dinner

Chatham Cod, [no price listed]

Bar Masa
White miso cod or cod collar, $34

Casco Bay Cod “En Persillade”, $34

Blue Water Grill
Baked Atlantic Cod, $29

Brooklyn Fish Camp
Pan Fried Cod Sandwich with French Fries, $17

Chinatown Brasserie
Wok-Fried Cod With White and Green Asparagus, $27

Flex Mussels
Cod pan roasted, white bean puree, bacon lardon, $27

Gordon Ramsay at the London
Slow Cooked Cod, Oysters and Pig’s Tail Crust, [no price listed]

Atlantic Cod, Skirley Cake, $25

Cod Roasted With Marinated Vegetables, $25

Le Bernardin
Baked Cod; Artichoke “Barigoule”, Perigord Truffle Butter, [no price listed]

Lure Fishbar
Baked Cod, Mushroom Ragout, Scallion Potatoes, Miso Sauce, $26

Roasted Chatham Cod, Paella Aranciana, Slow Cooked Kale, $26

Porcini Crusted Cod, Borlotti Beans, $22

Polenta and Aleppo Crusted Cod, $28

The Modern
Chorizo-Crusted Cod, [no price listed]

The Smith
Roasted Atlantic Cod, $23

The Vanderbilt
Chatham Cod a la Plancha, $22

The Waverly Inn
Pan Roasted Chatham Cod With Artichokes, $22

Cod Strudel With Brussels Sprouts and Riesling Sauce, $34