Online Market is now live!
Weather at sea has been quite rough (Mavericks was even put on hold due to the waves being too rough) so we will be sourcing mostly shellfish from some of our favorite shellfish farms! Please check back in on Monday & Tuesday for any additions that we may add - we are hoping for some delicious black cod and some Dungeness from a couple of our partner boats.
Now for the exciting part, this weeks' Fishing Update!
What is our fishing update? It's a way for us to educate our members and keep our online market page more simple. If you ever want to learn more about your catch, then refer to these informative e-mails or see the "Fishing Update" blog on our website!
Common Name: Pacific Oyster - Marin Miyagi
Species Name: Crassostrea gigas
Catch Method: Farmed on ropes or in cages
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Tomales Bay
Species Catch Range: Native to Pacific Coast of Asia - now farmed in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"
Full Share ($22) - 16 oysters (not shucked)
Half Share ($13) - 8 oysters (not shucked)
Forget that old rule about only eating oysters in months with an ‘R’, this no longer applies, thanks to developments in food safety!
Pacific oysters are some of the most popular oysters to farm today due to their superior shape and flavor - their scientific name Crassostrea gigas translates into "giant deep cup". Although the oysters we get are harvested before they ever become "giant" (we get the extra small harvest size because we like the flavor on them best) they do have deep cups full of fresh briny sweet melon flavor that will win over any oyster critic.
These oysters are grown just a mile away from the open Pacific on the north end of Tomales Bay, California. Cold oceanic waters flood through the farm nourishing the oysters as they mature in "floating bags" (cages). The tumbling action of choppy water polishes the oysters and induces the development of extraordinary deep-cupped shells. The meats are full and plump, firm (non-spawning tripload seed stock), sweet with complex flavors, melons, fruits, as well as the fresh sea breeze. We get our oysters fresh from the farm - meaning they never sit in a tank, we love them raw or on the grill with some butter and herbs.
Why eat oysters?
No only are they a clean and healthy protein for you - oysters are low in cholesterol and high in zinc, which is good for your immune system, and also provide calcium, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, and protein.
They also give back to the health of our oceans and estuaries by filtering up to 50 gallons a day PER OYSTER! Which is really incredible to think about!
Oysters are great to eat year round and they are a highly sustainable and delicious option. Monterey Seafood Watch considers them a "Best Choice" and so do we!
Common Name: Red Abalone
Species Name: Haliotis rufescens
Catch Method: Farmed
Our Partner Farm(s): Monterey & Davenport
Species Catch Range: British Columbia, Canada, to Baja California, Mexico
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"
Full Share - 6x ~1oz pan-ready steaks
Half Share NOT available for abalone
All abalone are shucked and tenderized to order so we have to put our order in by Tuesday morning at the latest - please have your orders in before then to get abalone on Wednesday!
*News update - the government has extended the recreational ban on diving for wild abalone on our coast until 2021. Buying farmed abalone is the only way to support a sustainable market for eating these delicious treats and promotes ethical harvest of species (as in giving our wild abalones a break so they can recover). If you haven't tried abalone yet - we highly recommend
Red Abalone are a large type of sea snail which are native to northern California. Historically they have served as an important food source and cultural significance to native Americans. Currently they are threatened from over-harvesting and are on the decline - especially with the recent threat of declining kelp forests. Even our recreational fishery has been closed this year to help them rebuild so if you are missing your abalone or would like to try it for the first time farmed abalone is the best and only way to go! If you haven't had the opportunity to try them yet we highly recommend it - they are buttery and mild flavored - perfect for a quick pan fry!
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 as they are farmed in a safe method offshore that relieves pressure from our wild populations and has almost no impact on the surrounding environment.
Common Name: White Gulf Shrimp
Species Name: Litopenaeus setiferus
Catch Method: Nets
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Louisiana Gulf
Species Catch Range: New York to Mexico
Seafood Watch Rating: "Good Alternative"
(meaning you can eat even the shell - these shrimp are in their molting phase and are specially sorted out on the boat!)
Full Share ($22) - 1 lbs (Frozen)
NO HALF SHARES
Peeled & Devained
Full Share ($28) - 1 lbs (Frozen)
NO HALF SHARES
We get all of our Louisiana shrimp from Lance Nacio because we truly believe in his efforts in sustainability and that his shrimp are unrivaled in quality and taste.
In his words:
“My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all supported their families by hunting and fishing along the fertile coast of Terrebonne Parish. It's a tradition that I carry on.”
Since 1998, Lance has captained the the F/V Anna Marie (named for his daughters), a 55 foot vessel large enough to sustain rough weather and a carry sizable haul; while small enough to keep diesel costs down. It’s this kind of inventive cost-conscious thinking that has kept Anna Marie Shrimp in business through some very difficult times.
Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and the BP oil spill all took a devastating toll on family-run fisheries. The aftermath resulted in low-cost loans for local fishermen. Lance used the opportunity to take a risk and invest in on-board freezers. The equipment, which freezes seafood almost instantly on large aluminum plates, had long been used in the big commercial fisheries in Alaska and Canada, but it had never been used in the shrimp industry. Other investments in the F/V Anna Marie included wider mesh nets and modified turtle excluder devices; meeting our commitment to environmentally responsible fishing methods.
Anna Marie Shrimp is building a legacy where tradition meets innovation. The result is leadership which will improve fishing practices, freshness standards, and wildlife sustainability. We believe our efforts will directly help to ensure that Louisiana shrimp will thrive for the next generations of fishermen. Shrimp is not just our industry-it’s a way of life. Anna Marie Shrimp, where the best tasting shrimp is -- Born free. Caught wild. Delivered fresh.
*A note from FC about frozen seafood:
Flash freezing a product on board creates a quality product unlike any other - Lance's shrimp taste like they were just harvested because they were frozen the moment they were pulled up from the ocean. Most shrimp is frozen multiple times or treated before it arrives to your grocery store "fresh" - give Lance's flash frozen shrimp a try and see the difference for yourself!
Our partners at Seafood Watch consider White Shrimp caught in the Gulf of Louisiana to be a "Good Alternative", while the stocks are in good health there is concern about by catch. We support Lance because he goes above and beyond what is required of him to ensure his catch is sustainable including working with organizations like the Nature Conservancy.