This Weeks' Deliveries: Chilipepper Rockfish, Petrale Sole, and Dungeness Crab

This Weeks' Deliveries: Chilipepper Rockfish, Petrale Sole, and Dungeness Crab

THIS WEEKS' FRESHCATCH

This weeks' "Catch of the Week" is from one of our favorite partner boats, F/V Miss Moriah based out of Half Moon Bay! We will be offering delicious Rockfish and Petrale Sole! Capt. Geoff Bettencourt and the F/V Miss Moriah are one of a very select handful of boats that are a part of the California Groundfish Collective.  This means that their every move is recorded by multiple cameras set up by the Nature Conservancy to ensure sustainablity and have a way to validate their accountability at sea.  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.  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.

Our Dungeness Crabs are coming off of several boats between Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay right now and we are very happy to say that the crabs are looking great this season!

We will update if we hear anything from any of our other boats by Tuesday!


Common Name: Chilipepper Rockfish 
Family: Sebastidae

Species Name: Sebastes goodei
Catch Method: Trawl
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Half Moon Bay up to Bodega
Species Catch Range: North Pacific - primarily California up to Vancouver
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"

Share Size:

Full Share - 1.25 lbs skin off, bone out fillet
Half Share - ~0.75 lbs skin off, bone out fillet

The Details:

Chilipepper rockfish are a common deep sea rockfish that our boats which operate with a trawl system often catch. These rockfish have a beautiful red skin (hence the name) and a nice flakey, mild, and firm meat that we love to use for tacos and fish and chips! 


They travel in large schools and feed on small crustaceans, small squids, or small fishes such as anchovies, young hake, and small sardines. They mature quickly, reproduce in great volumes, and give birth to live young like many 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!

Our partners consider this fish to be a "Best Choice"  because we work with boats that are members of the California Groundfish Collective which goes above and beyond our current regulations to ensure that every trip out to sea they make closely monitored and sustainable. 


Common Name: Petrale Sole 
Family: Pleuronectidae 

Species Name: Eopsetta jordani
Catch Method: Trawl
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Half Moon Bay up to Bodega
Species Catch Range: Pacific - along the West Coast up to the Bering Sea
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"

Share Size:

Full Share - 1 -1.25 lbs skin off, bone out fillet
Half Share - ~0.5 lbs skin off, bone out fillet

The Details:

Petrale Sole is one of our local flatfish that lives near the sandy bottom of the ocean floor! 

Petrale Sole is considered one of the best West Coast Soles!
It has a beautiful white fillets that are light and flakey, with a delicate flavor and texture -  a quick pan fry with butter, lemon, and herbs makes for the easiest and most delicious dinner! 

These fish 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!

Our partners consider this fish to be a "Best Choice"  because we work with boats that are members of the California Groundfish Collective which goes above and beyond our current regulations to ensure that every trip out to sea they make closely monitored and sustainable. 


Common Name: Dungeness Crab
Family:
Cancridae

Species Name: Metacarcinus magister
Catch Method: Pots 
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Half Moon Bay up to Bodega
Species Catch Range: Santa Barbara to Alaska
Seafood Watch Rating: "Good Alternative"

Share Size:

Full Share - 1 - 1.25  Cooked, cleaned and quartered Dungeness Crab
Half Share - 1 Half Cooked, cleaned, and quartered Dungeness Crab 

The Details:
There are few things we love and celebrate more than our Dungeness crab season here in the Bay Area! We pick up our Dungeness from small boats out of Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay.  Our fishermen hand sort the crab and set aside the largest ones (2-3lbs+) just for us! The crabs will then be iced on the dock and whisked off to our warehouse where they will be cooked, cooled, and packed that morning to be delivered to homes across the Bay Area! 


Dungeness gets its common name from the port in Dungeness, Washington where the Dungeness crab fishery began in 1848 and is said to be the oldest known shellfish fishery of the North Pacific coast. However no one really appreciates Dungeness crab like we do here in the Bay Area - where we celebrate the start of the season with family and friends every November. Our nearly century long tradition of steaming the crab with a secret mix of salt and water within minutes of landing it on the docks giving it its famous sweet, briny, and from meat has made San Francisco Dungeness Crab a highly sought after product around the world. Our local Dungeness fishery brings in millions of tourist and locals together to feast on this delicacy each year!  

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Dungeness Crab caught in California in net pots a "Good Alternative", while the stocks are in good health there is concern about the large fishing pressure put on them each year. Additionally there is concern about whale ensnarement in the ropes of the pots - although this is rare. Our fishermen operate on small boats and participate in fishing gear recovery programs and undergo training to help mitigate these risks to other species.