Thursday, July 30, 2009


Wild Artic Char comes tonight! The fish was featured in yesterday's New York Times and is hand caught by the Inuit Tribes in CA. Limited supply.

Watch out for slight price increases in Cod, Sword, Wild Stp Bass, and Fluke. Weather is affecting the landings out there as whitecaps and wind prevent guys from going out. Right now the increases are weak, but could continue into next week.

Onaga is in house today. The fish are running 2-4lbs and looking stunning. They are caught off of Hawaii and are sushi quality.

Wahoo is in from Florida, we have one fish available, 35lbs

Softshells are coming down in price, WhiteBait is available, and the Escolar is looking great

Blackfish is in house, fish came in covered still in slime and rigor, Tile fish is running pristine and it is the Gray variety
Wild Kings will not be available tomorrow, but we will have Wild Sockeye and Wild Steelhead available

Scallops are still a little spotty, prices are up, and Mahi is also tightening with price increasing

Turbot and Tazmanian Trout will be available tomorrow, Halibut is running solid, mostly 20-30lb fish, and look for lobster prices to be dropping

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

NFI Stands Up

You know so often the public today is mislead by the media. Information about seafood is not exempt

Sustainable Seafood on NOAA's Menu

The rule making boards of NOAA's Fishery Management Council are getting just a bit more diverse. In an effort to address some real or perceived bias on the board a small minority of seats have been recently filled by new members that have no financial gains to be realized or lost based on recommendations.

One of these new appointments is Steve Schafer. I know Steve personally and I am confident that he will bring fresh insight and a new outlook to the council. He is a person of great integrity and reason. I think that any fears that might be raised by the commercial fishing industry will be allayed when they get to know this intelligent and thoughtful person.

Steve's focus has always been to help to educate the consumer on the benefits of moving seafood to a more sustainable resource. Based upon the press release below from NOAA, I would say that Steve fills that role well. Congratulations are in in order and well deserved.

June 25, 2009

The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils – important partners with NOAA’s Fisheries Service in determining how ocean fisheries are managed.

The councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, create comprehensive plans for marine fish stocks in their regions. Among their goals is to fulfill the act’s charge to end overfishing of 41 stocks by 2010. NOAA’s Fisheries Service works closely with the councils during plan development and also reviews, approves and implements the management plans developed by the councils.

“We welcome the new and returning appointees to these important councils. They play a critical role in ensuring sustainable marine fisheries, which are in turn vitally important to coastal communities and coastal economies,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This is an exciting and challenging time for fishery management, and the councils’ efforts ensure that the public is well represented in this process. These are the experts--fishermen and scientists, leaders in their regions--who will help us achieve sustainable fisheries and maintain vibrant fishing communities.”

Council members represent diverse interests - commercial and recreational fisheries, environmental concerns and academia. The Secretary of Commerce selects a total of 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. Thirty are being named or reappointed for the next term, which begins on August 11.

Each year, NOAA’s Fisheries Service solicits nominations from the governors of fishing states and oversees the annual appointment process. The secretary must select council members from the list of nominees provided by the governors to fill obligatory and at-large seats that have become available due to an expiring term, a resignation or other reasons. Obligatory seats are state-specific, while at-large seats can be filled by a person from any of the states in the region. Council members serve three-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to three consecutive terms. Approximately one-third of the terms expire annually. An asterisk (*) indicates a reappointment.

New England Council

The New England Council includes members from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and one at-large seat.

Obligatory seats:
*Rodney M. Avila (Mass.)
*Sally E. McGee (Conn.)
*David E. Preble (R.I.)
*James A. Odlin (Maine)

Glen A. Libby (Maine)

Mid-Atlantic Council

The Mid-Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for New Jersey and Virginia and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:
Peter L. deFur (Va.)
Christopher J. Zeman (N.J.)

Steven F. Schafer (N.Y.)
Preston P. Pate Jr. (N.C.)

South Atlantic Council

The South Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Florida (east coast), Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Florida and Georgia and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:
Benjamin C. Hartig III (Fla.)
*Charles Duane Harris (Ga.)

Charles M. Phillips (Ga.)
*Benjamin M. “Mac” Currin (N.C.)

Caribbean Council

The Caribbean Council includes members from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The appointees for 2009 fill an obligatory seat for the U.S. Virgin Islands and one at-large seat.

Obligatory seat:
Carlos F. Farchette (USVI)

*Marcos R. Hanke (Puerto Rico)

Gulf Council

The Gulf Council includes members from the states of Alabama, Florida (west coast), Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:
*Robert P. Gill (Fla.)
John R. Greene Jr. (Ala.)
Damon P. McKnight (La.)

*Harlon H. Pearce (La.)
*Thomas D. McIlwain (Miss.)

Pacific Council

The Pacific Council includes members from the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for California and Oregon and two at-large seats. The appointee for the Tribal seat will be announced at a later date.

Obligatory seat:
Dorothy M. Lowman (Ore.)
David M. Crabbe (Calif.)

William L. Brizendine II (Calif.)
*Dale D. Myer (Wash.)

North Pacific Council

The North Pacific Council includes members from the states of Alaska and Washington. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Alaska and Washington.

Obligatory seats:
*David W. Benson (Wash.)
*Robert E. “Ed” Dersham (Alaska)
Howard D. Hull (Alaska)

Western Pacific Council

The Western Pacific Council includes members from the American-flagged Pacific islands of American Samoa and Guam, the state of Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The appointees for 2009 fill obligatory seats for Guam, American Samoa and Hawaii.

Obligatory seats:
*Manuel P. Duenas II (Guam)
*Stephen Haleck (American Samoa)
*Sean C. Martin (Hawaii)

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resource

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Stripers are Coming

Wild striped bass season opened July 1st for New York commercial fishermen. While we have had striped bass in the New York market for some time the opening of the local fish will help drive prices downward. Look for prices to drop after Independence day. Striped bass (Morone saxatilis), also known as rockfish to some are one of the east coasts most valuable species. Striped bass was once over fished but over the past ten years most states have implemented strict guidelines for the commercial sales of this fish as well as fair catch limits for the recreational fisherman. However this fragmented regulation from state top state has made enforcement difficult. Below is a list of some Northeast state regulations.
  • Rhode Island
    • trap: 26" min
    • general category: 34" min
  • New York
    • 24" - 36"
  • Delaware
    • 28" min
    • 20" special spring season 3/1-3/30
  • Maryland
    • Bays and Rivers: 18"-36"
    • Ocean: 24"
  • PRFC ( Potomac River Fisheries Commission )
    • 18" min all year
    • 36" max 1/1 to 3/25
  • Virginia
    • Bays and Rivers: 18" min all year
    • 28" max 3/26-6/15
    • Ocean: 28" min
  • North Carolina
    • Albemarle Sound: 18" min
    • Ocean: 28" min
  • Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia
    • No Commercial Fishery