Rockfish, Abalone and more!

We have some very exciting options this week!  
This weeks' "Catch of the Week" is beautiful Chilipepper Rockfish from San Francisco and Red Abalone from American Abalone Farm in Davenport

 In addition we have fresh Market Squid from Monterey and Cooked Rock Crab Claws from Santa Cruz for our "Seasonal Selection!"

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This week we are offing beautiful Chilipepper rockfish from Joe and Joeleen on the F/V Pioneer out of San Francisco! We are expecting them to be landed this Monday to be delivered filleted and pan ready for our members on Wednesday! 

These rockfish are caught in special light nets with holes large enough to allow smaller fish to escape. Underwater cameras are attached to them that allows our captain to target very specific schools of fish. Very few boats have this sort of outfitting which allows for nearly zero by-catch!

We love to support the crew of the F/V Pioneer because they are so passionate about local, sustainable seafood, every week we see them making improvements on their nets to make them even more efficient and sustainable as well as encourage our local government to do more to support and promote our local fisheries! 

Joe has been one of the biggest proponents of the renewal of off the dock sales of fresh fish at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco - stay tuned for updates! We hope you can visit him at his boat and buy a whole fish directly from him one weekend in the near future! 

Single Orders of Rockfish will include between 1.25 and 1.5lbs of skin off fillets, and four recipes

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

Half Orders of Rockfish will include around .60 and .75lbs of skin off fillets, and four recipes

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 Red Abalone
 

Even though weather has been great, we have had so many requests for Abalone since our feature in the SF Chronicle that we are bringing them back this week by popular demand! 

About American Abalone Farm:

Since the collapse & closure of the commercial abalone fishery in California during the 1990's (due to over-harvesting) abalone aquaculture has been the only responsible and sustainable way to commercially consume abalone. American Abalone Farms is a family run facility that has been growing California Red Abalone within the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for over 25 years. Their facility is located on the beach in Davenport, California, and is open to the public on the weekends - we highly recommend you visit! They raise their abalone in an environment that mimics their natural home - seawater pumps continuously supply clean, fresh seawater to abalone tanks directly from the ocean only a few yards away and they are fed a 100% organic diet consisting of a variety of fresh local seaweeds that workers hand harvest themselves. With the help of abalone farms like this one we help reduce the strain we put on our natural populations so they can begin to rebuild and flourish. 

These Abalone are considered a Best Choice by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and we will be offering them to members already shucked and packaged as whole steaks! 

Single orders will include 6 ~ 1oz tenderized Abalone steaks and four recipes

NO HALF ORDERS FOR ABALONE

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New Seasonal Selections! 

Now that we have built a stronger relationship with our fishermen and women we are happy to announce that we will be offering a seasonal selection of seafood which will be offered consistently each Wednesday in addition to our rotating catch. 

This month we have several squid boats going out multiple times a week as well as our rock crab boat in Santa Cruz going out twice a week. This allows us to always pick up our catch on a Monday or Tuesday to be delivered Wednesday, guaranteeing a fresh selection every week for our members!

 Fresh Market Squid
 

Have you ever driven down Highway 1 at night and noticed a fleet of boats shining bright spotlights onto the ocean? This is part of our local squid fleet using their spotlights to attract squids into their nets! Our squid boats go out several times a week and land their catch in Monterey making them a consistent seasonal and sustainable selection that we are happy to offer every week to our customers while our boats are able to go out to sea.They are perfect for calamari or to spice up a delicious pasta dish! Squid will come whole so you will have the opportunity to learn a little squid anatomy and save the ink to use in your pasta or an inky Halloween-inspired dish that both kids and adults will love!

Single orders will include 3 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

1/2 Share will include 1.5 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid

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Cooked Rock Crab Claws with Arms

Fresh Rock Crabs from Santa Cruz are a Seasonal Selection available to members each week! Captain Jason goes out twice a week to catch them and hand picks out the best and biggest of the bunch for us to cook up for our members early Wednesday morning. Rock crabs are a delicious and sustainable local alternative to the infamous Dungeness crab. Many restaurants like to use them as a substitute for Dungeness, but here at FreshCatch we like to think of them a little bit more like a Western cousin of the famous Florida Stone Crabs! They have big meaty claws and a rock-hard exteriors to protect their sweet centers. Most of their meat is in their claws and the arm attached to that claw so that is what we will be delivering with shares, the body meat is minimal making it perfect for stocks! There are only a couple boats catching these guys so you won't be finding them at your local grocery store! 

Crabs will come already cooked (morning of delivery) and cleaned! 

Single Orders of crab will include 1 lb of Cooked Rock Crab Claws (between 10 -12 pieces)

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

Half Orders of crab will include 1/2 lb of Cooked Rock Crab Claws  (between 5 - 6 pieces)

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 What's on the hook for next week?

Seasonal:
(available every Wednesday while in season)
Fresh Market Squid & Cooked Rock Crab Claws

What we are hoping for next week:
(changes each Wednesday based on what our fishermen are catching)

Lingcod, Black Cod, Halibut, and Seaweed

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