Chilipepper Rockfish, Rock Crab, and Fresh Sea Lettuce Seaweed

We are extremely excited to introduce our newest partner boat, the F/V Miss Moriah.  The Miss Moriah has been fishing for black cod, until recently switching gear to focus on rockfish and flatfish like petrale and different types of sole.  The Miss Moriah is one of five fishing vessels that is a part of the California Groundfish Collective.  This is one of the most closely monitored and regulated fisheries in the world and is the only ground fish fishery recognized by Seafood Watch as a Best Choice. Scroll down to learn more - we are working on a page highlighting our partner boats.

This weeks' "Catch of the Week" is delicious Chilipepper Rockfish from Half Moon Bay. 

Also available will be hand harvested Sea Lettuce - a perfect pairing as either a fresh salad, a crispy toping when fried, dried out and used in soups, or an exciting way to spice up a Bloody Mary!

 In addition we have Cooked Rock Crab Claws from Santa Cruz for our "Seasonal Selection!"

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Chilipepper Rockfish

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. Camera's on board the boat set up by the Nature Conservancy closely monitor what is brought on the boat to ensure 100% accountability and sustainability.  Very few boats have this sort of outfitting which allows for nearly zero by-catch!

Rockfish are the perfect fish for tacos, fish & chips, or roasted with your favorite veggies and herbs! 

Our Partners at Seafood Watch consider these fish a Best Choice!

Single Orders of Rockfish will include around 1.25 lbs of skin off fillets, and four recipes. 

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

Half Orders of Rockfish will include between .5 - 75 lbs of skin off fillets, and four recipes

Want a whole fish? Rockfish are great roasted or steamed whole! 

Whole fish are $8/lb and are usually between 1-4 lbs
(you can send preference and we will do our best to meet your request)

Just a reminder - 
Single orders are always $22
Half orders are always $13
Whole fish are $8/lb
(you can send preference and we will do our best to meet your request)
Home delivery is always $3

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Fresh California Sea Lettuce Seaweed

We are excited to start offering some fresh hand harvested sea vegetables from a local diver out of Santa Cruz! 

This week we will be featuring fresh Sea Lettuce seaweed!

Sea lettuce or Ulva lactuca is a bright green and thinly ribboned seaweed that is amazing in soups and salads, and is one of the main ingredients in Dashi in addition to Kombu.  We love it toasted over charcoal and then used as a crisp and delicious topping to any dish. It holds up well for up to two or three days in the refrigerator or frozen for six months without loss of flavor.  It can even be dried and used as a powder.

It is made of 15% protein, 50% sugar and starch, less than 1% fat. It is also high in protein, iodine, aluminum, manganese and nickel and contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, soluble nitrogen, phosphorous, chloride, silicon, rubidium, strontium, barium, radium, cobalt, boron, trace elements, ash, fiber and more! 

Single Orders of Fresh Seaweed will include 0.5 of fresh seaweed plus four recipe suggestions! 

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

Half Orders of Fresh Seaweed will include around 0.25 lbs of fresh seaweed plus four recipe suggestions!

- Just a reminder - 
Single orders are always $22
Half orders are always $13
Home delivery is always $3

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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 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!

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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! 

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider these guys a "Good Alternative"

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

Single Orders of crab will include 1 lb of Cooked Rock Crab Claws plus four recipes

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 plus four recipes

- Just a reminder - 
Single orders are always $22
Half orders are always $13
Home delivery is always $3

Want to learn more about our rock crabs? click here!

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F/V Miss Moriah
Captain Geoff Bettencourt
Trap Caught Black Cod & Light Touch Trawl Caught Rockfish and Sole

Geoff Bettencourt is a fourth-generation Point Pillar Harbor commercial fisherman. Geoff began fishing salmon with his grandfather and father before he was tall enough to see over the boat’s railing. In high school, he continued to fish for salmon and crab and trawling for rockfish, halibut, and sole. Geoff and his Dad bought the Moriah Lee in 1997 to continue fishing for Dungeness crab, groundfish, and salmon. Although Geoff started out heavily invested in the bottom trawl fishery, he has taken the business in a new direction by embracing sustainable fishing and undergoing a major gear shift to environmentally-friendly traps for black cod and trawl gear for rockfish. Geoff realizes he has many years ahead of him and the only way to both protect the resource and secure his family’s future is to combine that old school honor & wisdom with a progressive modern approach to the future of fishing. He now captains the Miss Moriah.

Blue Evolution - Seaweed Pasta

Blue Evolution is a Southern California based company that makes delicious pastas infused with nutritious sustainably farmed seaweeds! Making our favorite nutrient dense sea-vegetables more accessible than ever!

Want a healthy alternative to your go to dinner?  Forget traditional boxed Mac n' Cheese! Give these cheesy shells a try! We even have a GF option! 

Why should we be adding seaweed into our diets? 

The vitamins and minerals in seaweeds are highly bioavailable, meaning our bodies absorb them more readily than pill-based nutritional supplements. That’s great news because seaweeds are vitamin and mineral rich. Some seaweeds can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times as much as beef.

Seaweeds contain lignans (naturally occurring chemical compounds) which have anti-inflammatory properties. The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma that they are excellent at regulating and purifying our blood.

They are rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes some seaweeds green) which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out waste products. Seaweeds can also play a role in boosting weight loss and deterring cellulite build-up. Their naturally high concentration of iodine helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism.


Seaweed can also improve the health of our oceans by absorbing carbon dioxide and helping to reduce acidification. The seaweed gurus at Blue Evolution believe seaweed farming can reduce the world’s dependence on freshwater for food production, and help shift our food system towards renewables!

So why not give it a try? 

Boxes are $4.99 each
Penne & Rotini contain 12 oz dried pasta in each
Mac N Cheese Shells contian 4.7 oz dried pasta in each

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 What's on the hook for next week?

(available every Wednesday while in season)
Rock Crab

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

Sea Urchin, Black Cod, Halibut, and seaweed!  Fingers crossed!

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