(Bravo Roger, Bravo! – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
Roger Berkowitz of Legal Seafoods isn’t about to buckle under from pressure by so-called environmentalists undermining the fishing industry in Massachusetts. The owner of Legal Seafoods will hold a night of “blacklisted” cuisine which includes tiger shrimp, cod cheeks and hake which are endangered according to Seafood Watch. Berkowitz thinks the claims of the environmental group are junk science.
The Gloucester Times reports:
The decision by Berkowitz to put Legal Seafoods’ shining brand up against the eco-labelers is certain to fuel the bitter struggle between the domestic seafood industry – especially New England’s iconic fishing culture – and the big green anti-fishing forces headed by the Pew Environment Group and the Environmental Defense Fund, whose former vice chairwoman Jane Lubchenco was put in charge of fisheries by President Obama in 2009.
Berkowitz, whose buyers account for 1,000 tons of seafood a week, nearly all of the finfish from domestic suppliers – primarily in Gloucester, New Bedford, Boston and Portland, Maine – said he decided it was time to challenge the “ENGOs” or environmental non-government organizations such as Monterey that pressure chefs and owners to use only the seafood that is approved by the various guides.
Hat’s off to Berkowitz, who probably will become victim to a silent and not-so-silent boycott. Says Berkowitz: “I’m not going to roll over and play dead.”