I’m looking for suggestions here. I’m not talking about the filets – I know what to do with those. But I need some help dealing with the carcasses.
We are overrun with fish carcasses, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Right now, we’ve got primarily striped bass frames, which are 30-40 inches long, but we’re limited to four of them per outing. Later in the season, we’ll have bluefish carcasses, which are smaller but more numerous – on a good day, we can come home with 20.
The last couple of years, we’ve used most of the carcasses for lobster bait, but Hurricane Irene swept our pots away, and we’ve decided not to replace them this year since we’re desperately overscheduled already. So now what?
And don’t tell me fish fumet. That’s for when you have a couple of delicate flounder frames, not when you have twenty pounds of carcass.
We’ve tried to use some as fertilizer, but they don’t break down very quickly when they’re left whole. And chopping them up is a monstrous, smelly job. Ever tried to clean a Sawzall after you’ve used it to cut up a fish? It’s all but impossible – the thing will reek for months.
So I am soliciting suggestions. I hate to put them in a plastic bag and take them to the dump, but I’ll do it if I have to.