King Salmon, CA Halibut (New Specialty Cuts Available), Rock Crab and Market Squid 



This week's "Catch of the Week" is King Salmon caught in Bodega Bay and local Halibut caught in Santa Cruz! We will have both fillets and whole fish available! 

 Pricing will be a little different for premium offerings so please take note! 

 In addition we have Market Squid from Monterey and Rock Crab from Santa Cruz!

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 California Halibut


When people ask us what is the best fish to try for people who don't like fish, we always tell them, Halibut! It is loved by all for being the trifecta of mild-moist-and firm meat that is easy to cook with and even easier to devour! It's a versatile fish that's perfect for bold flavor profiles - we especially love ours in curry or roasted in the oven with veggies and spices! 

Our local Halibut is actually a flounder - more closely related to a Fluke than a Pacific Halibut.  That probably explains why most people (especially sushi chefs) prefer our local halibut over it's Alaskan counterpart.  In sushi restaurants, it is highly regarded for its clean and fresh flavors and its buttery texture when served raw. 

All of our California Flounder (Halibut) are caught using traditional hook and line methods by small boats - usually no more than 2-3 people on board.  Currently we work with a handful of small halibut boats from San Francisco, to Alameda, to Santa Cruz, and they all use the same fishing method.  We meet with our partner boats late night Monday throughout the day on Tuesday, and then we spend Tuesday and Wednesday morning filleting and packaging your order.

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider these fish a Best Choice because the fishery is well managed, the fishing gear has little affect on the environment, and there is no by-catch. 

This week we have a new specialty cut too!

Halibut Engawa

Engawa, or “hallway” in Japanese, is the fatty, delicate meat found around the upper edge of the halibut, below the dorsal.  It is prized for sushi because of its concentrated flavor and higher fat content.

 Halibut Engawa is delicious by itself, it also goes very well with fresh tasting condiments such as, grated radish with red chili pepper, sliced scallions and citrus soy sauce.

We will be offering 1lb shares of Engawa for $14/lb

Tail Portions 

Includes the whole tail section of the fish which we love to grill or bake in the oven! Lots of meat and not a lot of bones! 
Shares of tails will include ~ 1lbs of the tail and cost $16
 

Single Orders of California Flounder (Halibut) will include ~1 lbs of fresh skin-on halibut fillet plus four recipes!

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

Half Orders of California Flounder (Halibut) will include ~0.5 lbs of fresh skin-on halibut fillet, plus four recipes!

Shares of Engawa will include ~ 1lbs of the dorsal edges and cost $14


- Just a reminder - 
Single orders are always $22
Half orders are always $13

Shares of Engawa are $14
Tail shares are $16

Home delivery is always $3

Check out our page on California Flounder (Halibut) here to learn more!

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Premium Selection - 

Half Moon Bay King Salmon

Fillets are back, so if this is your preferred cut and you don't want to buy a whole fish and do it yourself, then now is the time to jump on board!

Fillets freeze beautifully and will be delivered vacuum sealed for those of you planning for the future! 

Whole Fish is also available!

Enjoying a whole Monterey Bay King Salmon is an unforgettable experience. Luckily, salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to fillet, and it's forgiving on first timers!  We have a couple great video tutorials on our Salmon page that will help you break down your fish in no time!

All our Salmon are caught one at a time and handled with the utmost care.  

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider these fish a Good Alternative because the fishery in Oregon and Washington is not as well managed as they would like it to be, often times endangered King Salmon are caught in waters north of us; however, this rarely occurs down here.
 
 Full shares of King Salmon Fillets will be $28 and consist of at least 1 lbsof salmon fillet

Half shares of King Salmon Fillets will be $14 and consist of at least .5 lbs of salmon fillet

Whole fish are $19/lbs 

Specialty Cuts (Tail, Bellies, and Collars) $16/lbs
(sold by the lbs)


Salmon Frames $8/lbs

Our specialty cuts are some of our favorite parts of the fish, they usually include collars, tails, and belly sections - please note they do sell out quickly! 

- Just a reminder - 

Full Shares are always $28 for premium selections
Half shares are $14 for premium selections.
Salmon specialty cuts are $16/lbs
Salmon frames are $8/lbs
Whole fish are $19/lb and the final weight will be invoiced upon arrival of the fish.  Opting-In to this delivery is simply reserving the fish, and then we will be in touch with the final weight.

Home delivery is always $3


Check out our salmon page here to learn more!

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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. 

Squid are back! We have several squid boats going out multiple times a week as well as our rock crab boat in Santa Cruz going who is currently taking time off of crabbing to focus on salmon! 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!

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Market Squid caught with purse seine in California a "Good Alternative" as squid are an important part of the ocean food chain acting as both predator and prey for many different species and there is little assessment or regulations that limit the squid fishery at this time - but we hope there will be more soon! 

Single orders will include 3 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid, plus four recipes!

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

Half orders will include 1.5 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid, plus four recipes! 


 Check out our squid page here to learn more!

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

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

 

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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


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

 

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

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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.

Sustainability

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?

Seasonal:
(available every Wednesday while in season)
Squid, Rock Crab

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

 Halibut and Rockfish

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