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GRANT NUMBER:  NA46FD0332          NMFS NUMBER:  93-NER-011

REPORT TITLE: Harvesting the Value-Added Potential of Atlantic Hagfish, Myxine glutinosa

AUTHOR:  Hultin, Herb; Kelleher, Stephen; Kuenstner, Sue; and Nardi, George

PUBLISH DATE: April 1, 1996

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.  PHONE: (978) 281-9267

ABSTRACT

Stocks of traditionally fished species off the New England coast have declined over the past few years. As a result, many fishermen are targeting alternate or underutilized species such as dogfish, skate , sea urchins, and now, Atlantic hagfish.  In 1993, a small fishery for Atlantic hagfish, Myxine glutinosa, was established on the East Coast.  However, the way the market is currently set up, much of the profit from this fishery is being realized overseas, rather than in the region where the fish are being trapped. Atlantic hagfish are packed whole and sent to Korea where the skins are tanned and stitched in the production of "eelskin" leather, and the meat is sold for human consumption.  The primary goal of this project was to capture a previously untapped corner of the market for Atlantic hagfish, and to retain more of the financial benefits of the fishery in the New England region. This was accomplished by developing a positive identity for New England hagfish leather, developing prototype food products for hagfish meat, and by collecting data which will be useful in future management of this fishery.  

 
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