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CoastLine: Chef Dean Neff On Seafood In The Cape Fear Region

Chef Dean Neff is at the Fish Smart Celebration Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 1-5 pm at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne.

Halibut and yellowtail flounder fish populations are at all-time lows in the Atlantic.  That’s according to Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Cod, once prolific in the North Atlantic, is struggling.  Closer to home, catfish from the Cape Fear River and blue crab and mullet from the Brunswick River have high enough levels of mercury that officials recommend avoiding them.  

Some guides point consumers to wild-caught fish – with advisories about the cleanliness of farmed seafood.  But some species of wild-caught fish are so over-fished, that it can be hard to know how to do the right thing – for your body and the planet. 

On this edition, we explore how to find good-quality, lower-mercury fish, easy ways to cook it in a healthier way, and how some of the changes to aquaculture are affecting the fish market – and why farmed seafood could actually be healthier.

Dean Neffis here with A Place At The Table to help us sort this out today.  He’s former Chef and Co-owner of PinPoint Restaurant in Wilmington.  He was also a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2019.  And he teaches cooking at The Seasoned Gourmetwhile planning some pop-up meals at Love, Lydia – his partner’s bakery – also in Wilmington.  

Fish Smart Celebration:  Sunday, May 26, 2019, 1-5 PM, Northern Regional Park, Castle Hayne

Free, fresh fish meals offered by Chef Keith Rhodes and the Catch Restaurant food truck ~ Cooking demonstration by Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant using healthier, sustainable fish ~ Vendors ~ Music ~ Health information and giveaways ~ Reporting back the results of the study and education campaign….

This event is sponsored by a collaboration between New Hanover County NAACP, Cape Fear River Watch, New Hanover County Health Department, Duke University Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Duke University Superfund Research Center, and local organizations.



Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR