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Fishermen Fume Over Whole Foods’ Sustainable Fish Move

File photo, the seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, Ore. (AP)

It’s not much of a stretch to say that, historically speaking, Boston exists because of the Atlantic cod. New England’s iconic catch remains a favorite eating fish and a tent pole of the local fishing industry. But if you head to Whole Foods tonight to bring home a couple fillets, you may have to go with the pollock instead.

That’s because starting this week, Whole Foods is only selling line-caught cod — no more fish caught by trawlers. And no more Atlantic halibut, gray sole, or skate — all important catches for ports like Gloucester and New Bedford.

The move has drawn the ire of fishermen and one very high-profile politician. New York Times Boston bureau chief Abby Goodnough has been on the story and explains what this is all about.

Goodnough will moderate a panel discussion at Harvard University on Sunday, April 29, as part of Cambridge Science Festival’s “Let’s Talk About Sustainable Seafood” event.

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