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SouthCoastToday: UMass Dartmouth students sampled four seafood species often described as under-appreciated by conservation groups and which a Plymouth company is trying to bring into university dining halls.

“They’re fish (that) consumers should know more. They’ve never really been marketed here,” said Keith Flett, founder and CEO of Open Ocean Trading, a Plymouth firm hoping to bring “focus fish” — Flett does not like the more colloquial term “trash fish” — into university and school dining halls.

The species — pollock, hake, redfish and dogfish were featured at Tuesday’s taste test — are popular overseas in many cases but still lag behind cod and haddock in the U.S.

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