Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
Lots of good fish today, but before we get to that a few buying reminders. Wild Striped Bass is limited, so get your orders in. Black sea bass is just not around, all we have is a few small fish. Today we are taking pre-orders for your Monday Dover sole needs. Prices are inching down from the December highs. Add a bit of old school class to your menu and give us a call about Dover Sole.
Sardines are in from Portugal, and we have a bit of octopus as well. Spanish mackerel are crudo quality and large (2-4lbs). We have Florida amberjacks (10-15lb) a fish great for grilling and roasting. Grouper is plentiful and good quality fish out of the Gulf, we have sizes from 3-12lbs.
Monk fish prices are at a cyclic low. Tails are bright and clean with the desired ruby red accents they are large with many over 5 pounds. Monk medallions would make a nice alternative to the usual scallop dish.
We can't say enough about the Pemaquid mussel. Heavy, full of luscious and briny meat, just sublime. Some of our customers have told us it is the best mussel they ever had. But don't take our word try some for yourself. Better than any of the so called 'bouchot' mussels.
Our featured oyster is the Gold Creek, from the illustrious Hood Canal area of Washington State. This Pacific oyster is seeded and grown on rocky beaches at the southern end of the Puget Sound of Washington State. Named after the area that was once a destination during the gold rush. Oysters have been farmed here since around the same time. The rich waters of the Hood Canal help oyster to grow quickly and develop a full, firm meat. Finished on the rocky beach makes this oyster produce a  hardened shell excellent for shucking.
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
Black sea bass was not available today and will still be in scarce supply for Thursday. We will have nice grouper and snapper if you need a substitute. We do have Wild Striped Bass, but prices are up. The stripers are big and of stellar quality so that helps.
Your best bets remain ground fish from the Georges Banks, and they include cod, pollack, skate, monk and haddock. The Gloucester and Chatham boats have been very productive lately so prices are fair and steady. We are getting extra picky due to supply, and are taking only the biggest and best of these species. Make hay while the sun shines.
We will be getting in some larger Amberjacks (10-15lbs) for you tomorrow. The price is right on these fish, and could be a good addition to your restaurant week menu. Amberjack is the Gulf of Mexico cousin to Pacific yellowtail, great grilled this rich firm fish can stand the heat, and pairs well with acidic sauces.
For something a bit different we have coming from New Zealand: Blue nose bass (Hyperoglyphe antarctica), also called Blue-eye Trevalla, Antarctic Butterfish, or blue Bream. Blue nose bass is a rich deep cold water fish that has many of the properties of sable and Chilean sea bass. They come in headed and gutted (3-5#) the fillets are darker, but cook up buttery white.
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
~George Carlin
Best regards,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Greetings Chefs and Buyers,
Well, we still have some crayfish from this mornings shipment crawling about the warehouse, so you can still get them in your pots. The same flight also had our regular shot of West Coast oysters and manila clams as well as some spectacular sturgeon bullets.
If you are into local and reasonably priced fish you might want to consider the following options:
  • Haddock (dayboat) Cape Cod, MA
  • Porgies (hand line) Long Island, NY
  • Kitten Tile (seine net) Beaufort, NC
  • Spanish Mackerel (line caught) Beaufort, NC
  • Blackfish (Trap) Point Pleasant, NJ
From Florida we are still getting Stone Crab and some octopus that are caught in the same traps (they come looking for an easy meal). Fresh shrimp are sized 16/20, they cook up sweet and crisp in a league of their own.
From the other side of the world we have Hiramasa ,yellowtail kingfish Seriola lalandi, also known as gold striped amberjack, it is a natural inhabitant of the waters off South Australia. We source ours from a highly regarded and sustainable farm that rears the fish from egg to harvest size. Fed a diet free of antibiotics or hormones this fish is considered a better alternative to Japanese hamachi. Hiramasa can be used for many applications including crudo and grill.
Dover sole, Chilean turbot, Nova Scotia halibut and Pemaquid mussels are also available today.
Striped bass and Black sea bass are in very limited supply due to heavy seas, please let us know your choice of sub if you try to order either fish. 
"Integrity is the essence of everything successful."

 Richard Buckminster Fuller

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, January 25, 2010

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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
We sure hope you had a great weekend. The weather has been fairly mild up and down the Atlantic Coast, but that looks like it may be ending soon. Today heavy rains are in the forecast from mid Florida (affecting some gulf fisheries) to Nova Scotia. Heavy winds and rough seas will mean limited fishing opportunities for boats at sea today. The rest of the week looks to be a bit nicer with lower temperatures sneaking back by weeks end.
Striped bass is coming to an end for Maryland this week, and Virginia has some new openings, but it may be mid week until we see those fish. If you need any give us a call today, we have a limited amount left for Tuesday. 
Corvina would be a good substitute for wild striped bass, and we have newly arrived golden corvina from Panama. These are headed and gutted fish tail off, so you are getting a great yield. Corvina is also called lubina, or sea bass depending where you are.
Golden tile continues to be readily available and beautiful, would look truly impressive on an ice display. This mild and flaky white fish is very similar to snapper and very local being caught off of Barnegut Light, NJ.
For you locavores we also have dayboat line caught porgies that are 2-3lbs each.
Act fast if you like fresh octopus, we have fresh trap caught pulpo from our stone crab guy in Florida.
Live crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) will be available to ship to you Tuesday.  These will be the "green signal" crayfish from Northern California. Lively and graded to be the largest available. Harvested today and air shipped to us tonight.
The featured oyster today is the west coast Steamboat oyster. The protected inlet of the Puget sound, and the strong tidal surges around the peninsula named for its shape similarity to a steamboat are the home to this oyster. Steamboat's are one of the fastest growing oysters and are prized by west coast chefs as they retain the distinct earthy and cucumber flavors even when cooked.
Also available: sweet head-on Maine shrimp, medium stone crab claws, hiramasa, fresh sardines and large Dover sole.
"When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flounder and Sole: or A Fish By Any Other Name Would Still Taste as Sweet.

Ever wonder what the differences are between Sole and Flounder? Some customers recently asked me the question so I thought I would take a moment to shed a bit of light on the subject.
Here in North America we have no true sole only flounders. When Europeans came to the Americas they called flounders soles because they looked like the fish they knew in the "old world". This has led understandably to much confusion over the years. The only true sole would be Dover Sole, Solea solea.
Lemon sole is one of the names given to winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, (also known as black back). Usually at the retail level when multiple flounder sku's are sold; flounder is the name given to the refreshed less expensive product, and sole (or lemon sole) is the name given to the more expensive fresh cut product. Fluke, Paralichthys dentatus also called summer flounder can also be sold as sole fillet. Sometimes there is a distinction between sole and lemon sole with the latter referring to a larger fish or a bigger fillet. All these fresh flounders produce a mild and tender white fillet when cooked, so as long as they are fresh I don't think it matters much what you call them. The refreshed (previously frozen) fillets can be of varying quality, because they usually contain sodium preservative solutions that have you paying for water. Go with fresh when possible.
If you live on the west coast you might even run into something they call "dover sole" a much less expensive and thinner flounder that is a far cry from the Eastern Atlantic flatfish from which it has hijacked the name.
So on one hand the naming of fish has been a bit of innocent mistaken identity and a bit of good marketing. Of course there have been instances when totally different species like Asian catfish have been sold as sole and flounder, so make sure you know and trust your fishmonger.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
All our expected arrivals were nice as promised. We are sold out of New Zealand pink snapper and John Dory. A few New Zealand green lipped mussels can still be had. We still have plenty of stellar looking American Red Snappers and just a few Pompano left. We are really proud of the lesser amberjacks that came in from Florida's panhandle, these fish also called Amberlines are sized 3-5lbs each and are actually a great low priced alternative to hiramasa or hamachi.
Golden Tile from Barnegut Light in Jersey are large and lovely sized 4-12 lbs. Local Sea Bream, aka. porgies are sized 2-4lbs and these fish are way undervalued. These fish are all dayboat stuff take your pick.
Rhode Island black sea bass are beautiful and in rigor, we are selling out everyday so if you need fish for the weekend get your order in today for the weekend.
The Massachusetts ground fish fleet are busy catching good quantities of fish like cod, monk, and skate. Prices are stable and will remain as long as the weather holds.
We are bringing in a small shipment of sustainable Barramundi from Australis, the fish are 1lb average. Follow this link to learn more:
Also available today: wild striped bass, Chilean turbot, blackfish, Spanish mackerel, char, and farm kings.
If you haven't already, drop us a line about your restaurant week menu so we can secure you the right fish at the right price.
"Well done is better than well said."
~Benjamin Franklin
Gratefully yours,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
Mid week has arrived and so has a wide range of fish opportunities. Some are here in the house and some are still in route and will be available for Thursday delivery to you.
Wild striped bass is once again available and we have secured the top of the catch for you, big and in rigor fish coming out of  Maryland. Rock-on!(pun intended).
Blackfish from a short trip Jersey boat are as nice as you get. We love the sweet shellfish like flesh of this northern member of the wrasse family. Sizes for this lot of tautog are 1-3lbs.
The Mahi fishery in Panama is in full gear, catches are strong and the fish hits New York in no time thanks to overnight air delivery. These fish are as fresh and pretty as anything else, cutting out with bright red bloodlines so don't let the origin bother you. Mahi are a great deal right now and will be for restaurant week too.
Our Florida shipment will arrive in the wee hours tonight and it will include; American red snappers sizes 1-8lbs (your choice), domestic octopus, fresh 16/20 shrimp, pompano (1-3lbs) and some sweet little amberjacks (sizes 2-4lbs). On the Florida panhandle they call these small 'jacks Amberlines and they are everything we like about their cousin hiramasa in a smaller and less expensive package.
Also arriving on the redeye will be New Zealand John Dory, Pink snapper (aka tai snapper), cockles and green lipped mussels.
We also have Irish trout, Spanish mackerel, Norwegian halibut, and one 40# Carolina Wreckfish (available as net fillet in smaller quantities).
"They are able who think they are able."
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
Another fine day here at Wild Edibles and we are bringing you a great selection of hand picked specialties from the sea.

From the Carolinas we have something a little different, Wreckfish also called Stone Bass comes direct to you from a sustainable fishery that uses traditional hook and line methods of catch. These fish are caught in a way that causes no destruction of bottom habitat and leaves no discarded by catch. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Guide rates wreckfish "Best Choice" for sustainability. We are quite sure you will give it a "best choice" rating for quality and taste.
From the deeper waters near the continental shelf we have Golden Tile. These fish are less than 24 hours to our door and it shows. Brilliant yellow markings and glistening eyes highlight the quality of these larger (4-8lb) Tilefish.
Fluke continue to be a good choice and we have mostly Jumbo size fish of sushi quality with the fish hailing from colder New England Waters.
Black Sea Bass catches are strong out of Rhode Island and the fish are in rigor and with candy red gills. Most fish are Jumbo sized (2-4lbs).
Mackerel are gorgeous today and you have your choice of Boston (0.75# avg) or Spanish (1-3#). Either fish are full of healthy omega 3's and are guaranteed delicious.
Also available are Sturgeon bullets (headed and gutted, collar and tail removed), these fancy fish are worth a try. No other seafood has the rich steak like quality of good sturgeon.
The oyster of the day is the fabulous Fanny Bay; tray grown to produce a finely fluted edge these oysters are raised in the protected Baynes Sound that separates Vancouver Island from the mainland British Columbia. Fanny Bays are consistent and predictable in taste having the signature cucumber finish and mild brine people have come to expect from Pacific oysters.
Also available Norwegian Halibut, Hiramasa, and Farmed King Salmon.

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Even though the weather has started to warm up the recent cold snap has affected some of the southern species. The full  extent is yet to be seen, but Florida has already placed restrictions on some recreational fish.
We were unable to get snapper from one of our usual fleets, so we will have to wait and hope. We will try to source some fish from more southerly areas not affected. We were able to get some beautiful Pompano out of Florida, as well as fresh octopus.
Fresh from Rhode Island we have dayboat head-on haddock, and conger eel that is super rich and fatty, great smoked, roasted or used in a stew.
All of the cod is off of Chatham dayboats, with good supplies predicted for the rest of the week.
From points south we have: a new shipment of King clip from Chile since the last ones sold out so quick, awesome hiramasa from Australia, and some real dapper John Dory from New Zealand.
The farm in the Faroe Islands is back on-line with the organic "Irish" steelhead, and we have our first shipment coming tonight. We have been told that production and availability will be ramping up in the next week or so.  
Also available will be wild sturgeon, Chilean turbot, and some large Dover sole.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Have a great day,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Food Network Appearance

Back in October I was asked to be a guest on a Food Network show. The actual show and any details were kept secret until the day of the shoot. It was not until then that we were informed we would be judges on "Throwdown With Bobby Flay". I had a great time, but I have to say that being a judge is not easy. The Food Network is so serious about the secrecy of the show that I did not even know it was airing until I just happened to catch it while channel surfing. I am honored I was able to be on one of the episodes.

Spoiler if you follow links below.
Bobby Flay Throwdown.......
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Judging: Jennifer Meadows, chef of Fishbar on the Lake, and Matt Hovey, a seafood purchasing agent at Wild Edibles, were the judges. .......
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Updated Monterey Bay Seafood Guide

The Monterey Bay Aquarium one of the driving forces behind sustainable seafood guides has just issued an updated list. Of particular interest is the downgrading of the Alaskan pollack fishery, and the the move of two farmed species: coho salmon, and shrimp. The changes do not come without outside criticism.
As reported today in a article highlighting the issue, the ratings were not entirely agreeable to Greenpeace, even if they did acknowledge the efforts and integrity of the MBA. Greenpeace spokesperson John Hocevar applauded the MBA’s decision. “I have a lot of respect for the work that the MBA put into their pollock report, and for the scientific rigor behind the Seafood Watch program in general,” he said. “While we don’t agree on everything, the aquarium’s recommendations are a valuable tool for seafood consumers. The MSC, meanwhile, is increasingly becoming a source of frustration as they certify, and re-certify, more and more fisheries that have significant conservation concerns.”

I take some issue with the new rating of farmed coho, because as far I know it seems to apply to only one farm At this time they seem to be producing very small (under 2lbs) fish. I applaud the effort of course, but such small fish and the limited availability will serve to frustrate the consumer. Unfortunately this new rating opens a door for unscrupulous fish sellers to sell the lower rated, and more common open ocean farm raised coho salmon.

Farmed shrimp is also a very small US segment, I have not come across any with the exception of the defunct quasi-organic certified Ocean Boy farms , if anyone has information about any other sources for US farmed shrimp please let me know.

Perhaps both of these ratings will serve as a catalyst for further growth in these areas. As I have said before we must all face the fact that a growing amount of seafood must be farmed (responsibly) if we are to keep up with the demand. So I have to give the MBA credit in again being a leader. You can download a copy of the new guide here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
As predicted Wild Striped Bass has tightened up, limited fish available and with prices rising accordingly. The good news is that black sea bass landings are up and prices are falling. The black sea bass are all stiff as a board with clear eyes and deep red gills. Sizes are available from 1 lb to 5lbs.
Dayboat cod are arriving in pristine condition, and prices are leveling out for the next few weeks. Skate and Monk catches are increasing as well, and should be driving prices lower soon.
We received Spanish mackerel that is so bright and silvery it looks surreal. The fish are extra firm, bled out and are cutting great. Good for crudo applications.
New Zealand John Dory just arrived this morning, as did another shipment of Florida pompano. Both are excellent fish.
King clip (genypterus spp) is in tonight from Chile.
King clip is a firm fleshed white meat fish that is similar to grouper or cod. We bring these eel shaped fish in already headed and gutted so they give you a good fillet yield.
Also available are periwinkles, stone crab, sturgeon, fresh Atlantic smelts, jumbo snapper from Florida, sweet Maine shrimp, and Nantucket bay scallops.
We will be open as normal on Martin Luther King Day, January 18th. The Hunts Point Market is closed Monday, but we will getting our normal direct deliveries. 
"....shellfish are the prime cause of the decline of morals and the adaptation of an extravagant lifestyle. Indeed of the whole realm of Nature the sea is in many ways the most harmful to the stomach, with its great variety of dishes and tasty fish."
-Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79) from, Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlansky

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
This morning the warehouse was brisling with excitement over the arrival of a vat of Halibut from Nova Scotia. It has been too long since we have seen such robust halibut. We still have the farmed Norwegian fish, but if you need large fish (15-30lbs) buy the wild ones today. They are certainly nice enough to use this weekend. The Yarmouth boats are going back out in a day or two, so we expect another shot early next week, if nature cooperates. Most of the fleet has switched over to halibut gear after a long winter of lobstering.
From a short trip out of Treasure Island, Fl we have some monster sized snappers (12-18) at an attractive price. It is not much warmer in Florida than here, but we still have medium stone crab, grouper, grey tile and fresh shrimp sized 16/20.
One of our buyers really likes periwinkles, but he cannot eat the full 100lbs, so we still have 50 pounds or so available for you. Put your spin on these diminutive sea creatures for a great amuse or appetizer.
Arriving by air less than day out of the water we have John Dory 'St. Pierre' (Zeus faber) and a plethora of cockles.
Also available today: Local silver dory, pompano, Nantucket bay scallops, razor clams, Dover sole, and Boston Mackerel.
Our midweek oyster selection is the Pebble Beach oyster from Washington State. This is a beautiful, rustic example of a Northwest oyster. Bag grown on the gravel shores of Pebble Beach, on  the southwestern side of the Hood Canal in Washington State. It has a well formed shell with moderately scalloped edges, it is full of vegetal, sweet and mildly briny meat. All in all a great half shell oyster.
"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together"
-Maurice Maeterlinck
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Our buyers assembled an eclectic collection of midweek specials to get your culinary juices flowing. So take a minute to ponder the possibilities of the following offerings:
  • Blowfish; the tails of these can be served as a sort of "chicken wing of the sea". Each fish will yield a miniature monkfish-like tail that weighs between 3-5 ounces.
  • Razor clams; from Rhode Island the sweet and succulent meat of the razor clam is great gently marinated in citrus and served raw or as a elegant addition to paella and pastas.
  • Boston Mackerel; one of our favorite little fish, low on the food chain but full of flavor, suitable as a crudo or lightly grilled at this price you cannot go wrong.
  • Sturgeon; early settlers in this area ate local sturgeon to the point of near extinction, it is now a protected species. We have sourced ours from the well managed Columbia River. Sturgeon produces a rich well marbled fillet, no wonder New Yorkers once called it "Albany Beef". 
  • Stone Crab Claws; already cooked on the boats, nothing could be easier than these succulent crustaceans served with a mustard sauce compliment or drawn butter.
  • Discovery Bay Oyster; often affectionately referred to as "disco bay" these deep water west coast oysters are grown suspended where they pick up a unique iron tinge reminiscent of belons while still keeping the melon overtones and mild brininess so characteristic of most west coast oysters.
"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea."
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
Cod landings into Massachusetts' ports continue to rise and are forcing prices down. We have great deals on dayboat fish for you. Other ground fish prices should be moving in the same direction soon.
Golden Tile from the south are available in a range of sizes from 2-20 lbs. Give us a call if you need larger fish they are moving out fast.
From Florida we have American Red Snappers 2-8lbs, these are crudo quality from one of our favorite short trip guys out of Apalachicola, Fl. Off of the same boat we have just a few 2-4lb Pompano. Also from Florida are fresh shrimp sized 16/20..really good eating shrimp and harvested responsibly on boats with by catch exclusion devices.
Striped bass (morone saxatilis) will have closures occurring sometime next week, but for the time being we have nice fish coming out of Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay area. We have some corvina (argyrosomus regius) that cuts the same and is sold headed and gutted for a great yield, if you want to try an alternative.
Dover sole is available again and we have a few extra sized 18/20 for delivery Tuesday. We will be buying again from the European auctions today for Thursday delivery, so if you need some get in touch with us today for your weekend needs.
Also available: black sea bass, Nantucket bays, Pemaquid mussels, and Chilean Turbot.

“Where would we be without salt?”

-James Beard

Best regards,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Recreational Fishing Rule

Already drawing scores of criticism from the recreational angling community is the new Federal requirement. For most of human history fishing has been a right and not a privilege. Of course any time there is a change in the normal way things are done there will be objections. I personally do not think that it is very unreasonable to ask that one at least registers to take fish. I think it could go a long way towards understanding all the factors that affect fish stocks. To find out how this affects you go to and click on the Angler Registry link, or call 888-674-7411 from 4 a.m. to midnight daily.

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Our Valued Chefs and Buyers,
We have Cockles! For the first time in the New Year our New Zealand supplier has sent us our normal cockle clam shipment. The last few days of weak supply are over, but you might still want to order early to make sure your covered for the weekend. Our next shipment will be Tuesday.
Portuguese sardines are in fresh today.
Nothing quite matches the rich fresh full flavor these little gems pack. Whether grilled, roasted or marinated more savvy customers are beginning to appreciate all that this sustainable selection has to offer.
Another small fish that is finding its way on to a few more menus these days is whiting. We have a handful coming tonight if you want to give them a try. Locally sourced from the coastal waters of Massachusetts.
Black sea bass catches are increasing and prices are coming down. These fish are coming from Rhode Island and are of the finest quality.
Mahi-mahi is still a good menu choice with prices staying steady, and they are big fish being landed off of Florida.
From the Hoh river in Washington State on the Olympic peninsula we will be getting in tribal caught Wild Steelhead. For those of you looking for wild salmon, this is about as close as you can get until spring. We expect a few sturgeon and wild black cod as well.
Also available local silver dory, corvina, and golden tile.
We are still running a special on Dorade for $4.95 through the weekend while supplies last.
Looking for a good oyster? May we suggest the Fanny Bay Oyster A variety of Pacific oyster that is grown directly on the beaches of Baynes Sound, near the small town of Fanny Bay, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The plump, firm flesh is sweet with substantial saltiness and an aftertaste similar to cucumber. Fanny Bays are popular because the shells are thick and easy to open.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It ain't Easy Being Green

Kona Blue Water Farms the producer of the well marketed Kona Kampachi takes another step away from Hawaii. They already had ceased production and plan on moving production to Mexico. In a report today in The online Honolulu Advisor says that the island operations will be taken over by a San Francisco based firm OceanSpar LLC. Link to Article

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
We have a good selection of special fish today that certainly deserve a home on your tables.
From Florida we have: Stone Crab claws, dayboat mahi, exceptional snapper, and flashy red grouper.
From the Carolinas we have: Spanish Mackerel, and weakfish.
We have a new mussel from Maine. The Pemaquid mussel is a raft raised full and plump meat mussel. Try a couple pounds and you will see the difference. Very comparable to so called "bouchot" mussels. Currently no one is producing a true Bouchot.You can read here -
Fluke prices are down and the fish are nice and firm. Maine shrimp are available again, as are Nantuckets with some slightly warmer temperatures allowing harvests.
Also available; Hiramasa, Wild Sturgeon, and Fresh Sable (black Cod from Alaska).
We are running a special on Dorade for the rest of the week at $4.95. These are beautiful 1-1.25 lb fish a perfect size for whole presentation.
"Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience."
- Ben Franklin

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Sustainable Seafood

I woke up and read an article in AM New York "How sustainable is your seafood?" that I was interviewed for. Overall a pretty fair take on the difficulties of the topic. I really liked the fact that they included so many good quotes from Kate McLaughlin of the Blue Ocean Institute. Not many people have such a good understanding of all the factors that go into rating the different species. (full disclosure; I have worked with Kate and the Blue Ocean Institute in establishing our signage system at our retail stores.) There is no one size fits all, the best thing is to get to know your fishmonger, and determine if they can be a reliable source of information.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Seafood Headlines

Free Lobster was the dish of the day in a small Canadian town due to strong tidal actions from recent storms. In Japan though Expensive Tuna is on the menu at at least three sushi establishments. A bluefin sold for over 177 thousand dollars.

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Chefs and Buyers,
The local waters, however cold they may be, are still giving up some great fish:
  • We have sea trout (weakfish) 4-6lbs that are extra firm and in rigor from this side of the Mason-Dixon.  
  • Jumbo black sea bass with candy red gills from Rhode Island. 
  • Boston and Spanish mackerel that are both crudo worthy, just off of some short trip boats into Jersey.
  • Since we had so many requests we acquired some local silver Dory from a Long Island boat, these dory are in the 2-5lb size range.
Cod prices have dropped to very reasonable levels and makes it a great buy for the next few days. If cod isn't a menu item why not make this versatile fish your fresh catch of the day?
From the West coast we bring you wild Sturgeon, fresh black cod (sablefish), a wide selection of oysters and  Manila clams.
Cockles from New Zealand are likely to remain in very short supply until next week. We will have ample Manila clams available to substitute until then.
Did you know we have botargo [also called bottarga (Italian), poutargue or boutargue (French), botarga (Spanish), batarekh (Arabic) or avgotaraho (Greek αυγοτάραχο)]? This specially salted and dried roe is a great addition to many Mediterranean recipes. Usually added at the last minute to finish a pasta or rice dish. Use your creativity and add the salty punch of the sea to your creative endeavors. Available in Tuna or Mullet.
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
- Charles Kingsley 
Best regards,

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

Monday, January 4, 2010

Wild Edibles Sales Update

Happy New Year Chefs and Buyers,
Hope you had a good finish to 2009. It certainly has been cold the past few days and this has had some ill effects on some fisheries.
Extreme cold weather has caused some difficulties for shellfish growers. Freezing temperatures foul gear and make working extremely difficult. Some growers have decided to wait until tomorrow to harvest, so we will be out of the following until midweek: Pemaquid Mussels, Mystic oysters, Sweetneck oysters, Maine Belons, and Steamer clams. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Arctic char out of Iceland has been experiencing some production issues, so we only have a limited amount for Tuesday. First come first served.
Groundfish update: Pollack catches have been slim to none and prices are up on the fish that is around. Fluke is back, very good quality but no reduction in prices as of yet. Monk are big and beautiful with most over 5lbs. Skate is a solid bet for the week, they looked so good they are on my dinner menu tonight. Cod catches should be up, and we may see a price drop by Wednesday.
If you are looking for something special one of the following is sure to fit your needs; Black sea bass from Rhode Island are available in a range of sizes from 1lb to 4lb and all are in rigor and day boat quality. Spanish mackerel is sushi quality and running around a 2 pound average. Locavores will appreciate Long Island "snapper" bluefish (1-3lbs) and the price is certainly right.
Also available: Australian Hiramasa, Nantucket bay scallops, wild sturgeon, Chilean turbot, and live Taylor bay scallops in the shell.
Todays oyster selection is: UMAMI OYSTERS™ – East Passage, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA  Salt Water Farms is a carefully sighted shellfish farm, producing a sustainable crop in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, where strong tides wash billions of microscopic plankton over long-line suspended cages and ropes. Umami literally means "taste sensation" and though the term umami is used frequently in East Asia, the Western World usually refers to this sensation as either "savory" or "meaty." This 2 ½ inch cocktail oyster certainly creates a lovely sensation for your taste buds as the initial salty flavor and sweet finish slides over your tongue.
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
--Benjamin Franklin,
politician, inventor and author
To a brighter future (or at least a warmer one),
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"