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Bigger consumer demand can help save a West Coast fishery

Bigger consumer demand can help save a West Coast fishery

Rockfish stuffed with rapini and roasted in my 800-degree wood-fired oven with crushed potatoes is at the top of the list of meals I love to cook, eat and serve. But I don't just have this dish on my restaurant's menu because it is delicious. I also do it to save the rockfish and other West Coast groundfish. How can eating a particular fish protect it? Let me tell you the story. West Coast groundfish are bottom-dwelling fish, including species such as Pacific Dover sole, ling cod, hake, Pacific sand dabs and dozens of rockfish species. They're usually caught as far as 200 miles off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. In 2000, this fishery was an economic and...

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