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

May 22, 2019

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 Neff is 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 Gourmet while 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/program-areas/education-training/consumer-awareness/