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Soft Shell Crayfish

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

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Good morning Chefs and Buyers, The entire North Atlantic fishing fleet has come in and are tying up in safe harbor in anticipation of the coming storm. Gale force winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are forecast with very high seas of 10-20ft currently and increasing today. We will have plenty of groundfish for the weekend , but prices and availability could suffer come Monday. We have for delivery Friday in addition to just landed dayboat groundfish like cod, haddock, and monk: plenty of fish from southerly areas not weather affected. Our Florida fish arrived this am: Triggers as fine as can be - sweet fleshed and firm (2-4lbs each), Red Grouper still in rigor (5-10lbs), American Red Snappers (mostly 2-4lbs), and fresh octo and stone crab from traps near Tampa Bay. Some short trip pelagic line caught Tunas and Swords are in house from a Jersey Boat, the quality of these fish are superb, we even have a very limited amount of Escolar taken as a by-catch. Razors from Rhode Isl…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers, We will have a good variety of specials available for you to work with this weekend. Soft shell crayfish are a truly unique item that is worth a try. Adaptable to any preparation you may have for soft shell crab, this 100% usable tender bodied Louisiana crayfish fries up crispy and bright red. Packed with flavor they open up a world of new crayfish possibilities. Each tray has 2 dozen. Razor clams from Rhode Island are sweet with just the right amount of brine, these beauties make a great visual statement. We have fresh octopus from traps in Florida (sized 1-3lb) great quality, domestic at a great price. Pemaquid mussels are in tonight, demand has been high as we work with this co-op we hope to see increased production, but get your orders in to secure these full succulent mussels for the weekend. The next delivery will be for Tuesday. Trigger fish is coming tonight, this southern cousin of our blackfish, and the hog snapper is a member of the wrasse…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers, The weather would appear to have held and most of the Northern fishing fleet stayed at sea, so catches should be constant on ground fish. Dayboat cod and haddock have been solid choices with haddock looking like a steal. So far the Greek strike has had little effect on Branzini and Dorade, but prices may fluctuate as Greece continues to struggle with the economy. Chilean turbot will be sold out quick, so if you need any give us a call. Australian Hiramasa will be in fresh and fancy tonight, a sustainable solution to your crudo / hamachi dishes. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are both rich and full flavored and at the peak of freshness. Sustainable Barramundi will be in from Australis Aquaculture in Mass. This fish was recently featured on Dr. Oz for its health qualities, so cash in on the buzz. Barramundi will be 1-1.25lbs each. Really are great tasting little fish! Also available today: Irish organic trout (steelhead), fresh shrimp from Florida, Tile, …

Wild Edibles seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers, Lots of great fish today from points north and south. Some rough weather is predicted for the North Atlantic fisheries and ground fish may tighten up. Today we have great Dayboat Cod and Monk with a fresh shot of Haddock in tonight. Some small local porgies are available as are really fine looking Spanish mackerel, both fish are 1-2lbs. From our northern neighbors we have nice line caught Nova Scotia halibut just arrived. The shipper was upset about last nights Olympic Hockey upset of USA over Canada, but it was too late to divert the truck. Go USA!! From a few select guys in Florida we are receiving jumbo golden tile fish (9-18lbs), American red snappers (available in sizes 1-2lb, 2-4lb, and 4-8lb) everyone hand picked and awesome, fresh shrimp are guaranteed sweet and crisp as usual. We have a really special treat from our Cajun cousins in Louisiana; Soft Shell Crayfish, raised in a special process these large (3.25-3.75 inch) crayfish are har…

Monday Fish Roundup

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Fish and Wildlife chief dies after skiing
Washington Post
By MATTHEW DALY AP WASHINGTON -- The director of the Fish and Wildlife Service died Saturday after suffering chest pains while skiing in Colorado. ...
See all stories on this topicMan Finds -- and Kills -- 100-Year-Old Fish
FOXNews
The fish, a sturgeon that's estimated to have been born with William Taft was president, was killed by a spear fisherman Saturday on Lake Winnebago's north ...
See all stories on this topicClassic field finds solid action on still cold waters
ESPN
After a tough practice marred by extremely cold conditions, the sun came out and the fish started biting. James Overstreet Kevin VanDam leads after Day 1, ...
See all stories on this topicLos Angeles TimesFear the blobfish
Los Angeles Times
By John Kass Federal fish fighters this week are preparing further assaults on the feared Asian carp, with nets, electr…

NYTimes.com: Bitten: Discovering Alaskan King Salmon

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Times Food Writer Gives Props to Frozen King

STYLE | February 19, 2010
Bitten: Discovering Alaskan King Salmon
By MARK BITTMAN
Now, however, I've come around to the majority opinion, which is that nothing beats a good king salmon.
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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Morning Chefs and Buyers, Big Nova Scotia Halibut is in today, fish are firm and glistening (20-40lbs). Also from Canada are some nice 10/20 and 20/30 dry sea scallops. Black sea bass quotas have been raised and prices are coming down. This fish is in good supply and we are getting Rhode Island fish coming in rigor and screaming fresh. "In response to the best scientific knowledge available the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended to NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the 2010 black sea bass harvest quota specifications. On February 10, NMFS published a temporary rule to implement the revised quotas as soon as possible. The catch recommendation was increased from 2.71 million pounds to 4.5 million pounds, which is consistent with the catch levels established in 2008. Black sea bass is not overfished nor is overfishing occurring."-For more information please see the rule in the Federal Register. Wild striped bass prices however are inching up, alt…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers, The winter weather has affected some landings in the north, and prices are up on pollack and jumbo black sea bass. Cod is steady for now and skate and monk are holding their own. Squid dock prices are inching up, but we are holding your prices while we can.  Wild striped bass mostly from Maryland and are big with candy gills and firm flesh. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel catches are up as the fish migrate north in anticipation of spring. We have just in a very nice load of Tuna from the Mid-Atlantic. Mostly yellowfin, with a bigeye or two, all these tunas are rich and fatty from a mid winter feeding frenzy and available in grades #1 and 2+. We have a limited amount of pole caught albacore as well. Dover sole prices are at the lowest prices in over a year, so we took the opportunity to bring a few extra cases (available sizes are 16/18, 18/20, 20/24), available by the piece to treat your customer to this classic culinary delight. Also available Ca…

Contessa and Compass Team up for Sustainability (press release)

February 11, 2010
COMPASS GROUP, CONTESSA ANNOUNCE
SUSTAINABLE FARMED-SHRIMP PURCHASING STANDARDS
Shrimp Farms Following the Process Would Be Rated
"Good Alternative" Under Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
CHARLOTTE, NC. . . Compass Group USA, Foodbuy LLC and Contessa Premium
Foods today announce
the first successful implementation by a major food service company of
sustainable purchasing standards
for imported farm-raised shrimp. The standards – including independent,
third-party audits –
have been endorsed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
Foodbuy is the procurement company for Compass Group.
Historically, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's respected Seafood Watch program
deemed all imported
farm-raised shrimp unsustainable and placed them on the "Avoid" list.
Contessa Premium Foods is
providing Compass Group the first and only imported farm-raised shrimp
recognized as sustainable by
Seafood Watch. These sustainable shrimp standards are unique within the
fo…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Morning Chefs and Buyers, Prices remain stable on most catches for the beginning of the week. Just a few specials for Wednesday they are; red fish from Texas, Sturgeon from California, Golden Tile from Fla, John Dory, Amberline Jacks, Pemaquid Mussels, Turbot, and Sardines. Weather will be the big variable going into the end of the week, but staples will be available. Just a short list of some sustainable seafood ideas you may want to incorporate into your menu: Arctic Char, farm raised in Iceland Mackerel, wild caught USA Oysters, farmed and wild USA and Canada Wild Striped Bass, USA tagged Mussels, wild and farmed USA, Canada, NZ Squid, wild caught USA Mahi Mahi, wild Americas Fresh Shrimp, farmed Belize and wild USA Sardines, wild Portugal Clams, farmed and wild Sturgeon, farmed USAThese and others are but a few of the options available if you would like to put sustainability on your menu. "Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare o…

Seafood Headlines

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ABC NewsBusser Turns Seafood Leftovers Into Works of Art
ABC News
By SUE MANNING AP Writer AP This photo taken Jan. 13, 2010 shows Miguel Carill, who has been at Gladstone's 4 Fish for over 20. ...
See all stories on this topicSolving Seafood -- Sustainably
Huffington Post (blog)
I just returned from the Seafood Choices Alliance Seafood Summit in Paris, a gathering of over 600 business and NGO leaders concerned about the future of ...
See all stories on this topicSeafood Restaurant Hit Multiple Times By Drivers
39online.com
Baytown Seafood restaurant is known for serving up some of the best fish in the area. "The food it good," said longtime customer, James McDowell. ...
See all stories on this topicSeafood Gumbo Two Ways — Beginner and Expert
YumSugar.com
Simmer up a steaming pot of seafood gumbo. Keep things basic with canned chicken broth, frozen okra, and two simple shellfish…

Wild Edible Seafood Update

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Good morning Chefs and Buyers, We hope everyone had a successful Valentines day weekend.  Today is Presidents Day, banks and government offices may be closed but we are open to serve you today, and to remember the contributions of all those who have held that great office.  The Hunts Point Fish market was closed, but we still received a lot of fresh fish direct to us. We also want to wish you a very prosperous year as we start the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calender. The sign of the Tiger is one of Bravery and Courage two qualities that are certainly needed in these tough financial times.  Featured specials today from Florida are: Fresh pink shrimp (16-20/lb), Amberline jacks (2-4lbs) a super value for a crudo quality fish, American red snappers 2 pounds and up (red fish are prized during Chinese New Year celebrations), Margate Snappers(1-2lb) a member of the bream family with meat like Tai snapper, fancy Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and just caught fresh red grouper. N…

The freshest fish from the Far East

Check out this Globe and Mail article "The freshest fish from the Far East" at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/the-freshest-fish-from-the-far-east/article1462801/?service=email.This message was sent from the IP address '10.220.2.21'.

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers, We are ready with a great line up of fish and shellfish for your weekend and Valentines Day menus. This winter storm has caused a few delays and split shipments, (Dover sole, New Zealand products, and some Mediterranean items) but everything should be cleaned up at our local airports in time to ship to you Friday. Fish from the northern Mass boats are all at the peak of freshness with great options like Dayboat line caught Cod and Haddock. One of our favorite little fish showed up today as well; Boston Mackerel packs more flavor and healthy omega oils than almost any other fish at a price that is hard to resist. We have two flat fish that are Valentines Day menu heroes: Chilean turbot is a perennial favorite, this firm yet delicate white fish is succulent enough to stand on its own or with your best sauce. We have nice big (12-42lbs) Halibut from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Take advantage of strong consumer recognition of this menu superstar, the fish …

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning, The snow may be blowing, but our trucks are running. You can count on Wild Edibles to deliver you the freshest seafood no matter what. We know you work hard, so we work hard for you. We have some really great local specials today that include: Beautiful sushi grade flukes from the Long Island Sound area Great line caught haddock from the coastal waters near Martha's VineyardGolden tile fish from Barnegat Light, NJ is screaming fresh Jumbo black sea bass from non-jumbo Rhode IslandHarpoon swordfish from the Great Banks area, landed in MontaukFrom Florida: Stone Crab claws (mostly medium, some large)Red GrouperAmerican Red Snappers (all sizes)Fresh Domestic OctopusWe also have: Chilean Turbot, Icelandic Cod, Panama line caught Mahi-Mahi, Nova Scotia short trip Halibut, Tai Pink Snapper, John Dory, and NZ green lipped mussel. "I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and hav…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning all, The week seems to be getting off to a slow start, but the weekend is sure to be a upon us all quick. If you have special needs for your Valentines menu contact us soon to secure your fish. Some selections sell out quick, and we are already very tight on Dover Sole ( If you ordered already you are covered). Chilean Turbot is likely the next fish to make the 86 list, do not miss out. Today we have bright and clean Mahi-mahi from Panama. Dayboat Haddock (say no more), monk and skate from Massachusetts. Beautiful jumbo sized black sea bass from Rhode Island. Golden tile (4-6lbs) from Barnegut light is delightfully gleaming. Icelandic cod is unnaturally fresh and a few wolf fish are left awaiting your creative kitchen. Our featured oyster today goes by the name Skookum: these oysters are being raised in a traditional French manner (Rack & Bag) in the Little Skookum Inlet part of Puget Sound near Olympia, WA. The shell is strong and easy to open. A well formed …

Wild Edibles makes New York City Top Ten Chowders

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As you may know I was a recent judge on 'Throwdown with Bobby Flay', but I did not get to judge any of these chowders. Judged as one of the cities' best from the following link is none other than Wild Edibles own Chef Paul Jambor.
New York City’s 10 Best Bowls of Clam Chowder
So if you are in the city stop in and check out Wild Edibles Oyster and Wine Bar in Murray Hill. I guarantee that all the seafood is definitely hand picked and of the highest quality.

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Wild Edible Seafood Update

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Good day Chefs and Buyers, Well the big storm passed us by this weekend, I am sure everyone was Ok with that right? The storm had very little effect on commercial fishing, Maryland striped bass was affected, and some southern boats stayed in so that may affect fluke catches. North Carolina stripe bass should fill any gaps left from Maryland shortages, and there seems to be plenty of fluke. Massachusetts cod landings have tightened up, so we have brought in the best Cod that is available. From the cold frigid waters of Iceland, and the men who fish them we have not only Day boat Icelandic cod, but also halibut, wolf fish aka http://tinyurl.com/yh8bt34 , and large red ocean perch fillet.  Lets talk a minute about the Wolf fish, once a fairly common special of ours there have been new fishing restrictions on domestic catches here while the fishery undergoes an evaluation. The Iceland stocks of these fish are in good shape so we are able to bring them with a good conscience. The …

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers, Wild Striped Bass are plentiful today as we see additional inland water openings in North Carolina and alternating days out of Maryland. Fish are available in a wide range of sizes from 5-20 lbs. Black sea bass prices have come down just a bit and the fish are screaming fresh. Our favorite short trip Jersey boat came in late last night and served us up a load of swordfish, and mako shark. these fish are practically pulsing with freshness. You can have your choice of dory today: Imported John Dory from New Zealand (4# average) or local silver dory (2# average). A note about Wild Salmon: Some of you have been asking us about availability, the answer is there is a very small amount of troll Kings coming out of Sitka, Alaska at very high prices we have decided not to bring in, and artisanal caught Wild Steelhead salmon that is not only much more affordable but fish of the highest order. These big 7-11 lb wild fish are cutting out deep red and firm. It wa…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning, Well I guess Ol' Punxsutawney Phil was right. This morning was a regular Winter wonderland, but that didn't stop the hard working men and women in the seafood industry from getting their fabulous catches to our door. From the frigid North Atlantic waters of the Flemish Cap just east of Nova Scotia we have secured Halibut that is superior. These firm and succulent fish are sized 10-40 lbs. One vat arrived today with more coming in Thursday night. Secure these fish for the weekend now. Ground fish prices are rising slightly, with cod landings diminishing. We will have Dayboat fish from the cape through Saturday, but we have already contacted our Iceland fisherman for dayboat cod Monday. We will be able to hold prices in check and guarantee you the best fish available. A recent opening for a very limited quota of North Carolina Coastal Atlantic Wild Striped Bass has occurred. These North Carolina fish are big and just under the NY size limits. That means most…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

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Dear Chefs and Buyers, Today's offerings are a nice mixed bag, here in our Long Island City headquarters.  Be it fin fish or shellfish, fresh or frozen, a staple or a special you can always count on Wild Edibles to deliver you the best handpicked specials from the sea. Fin fish specials include: Grey Tile (3-5lbs) from South CarolinaBlack Sea Bass (1.5-3lbs) from Rhode IslandRouget (3-4 per lb) from the Ivory CoastDover Sole (24-28oz) from HollandShellfish specials include: Empress cut Jonah Crab claws from MaineSweet Neck Oysters from Martha's VineyardSweet Maine shrimp from, well MaineLaughing Bird Fresh peeled shrimp from Belize http://tinyurl.com/rxhgr9Frozen specials include: Portuguese and Spanish Octopus all sizes 2-8lbs"Bruce Gore" frozen at sea Coho salmon http://www.triadfisheries.com/Whitebait, eperlain from the Saint Lawrence SeawayToday is Groundhog Day http://tinyurl.com/yepz2h4and Punxsutawney Phil has predicted another 6 weeks of Winter weather. &qu…

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Monday Morning Chefs and Buyers, January has come and gone and with just a week to go with restaurant week many of you are probably thinking ahead to Valentines Day. If you will have any special needs we can help, give us a call.  Today we are taking Dover sole pre orders for Thursday, prices are stable. Heads up on the following items as prices are going up on Swordfish, black sea bass, and cod. Wild striped bass and monk are good buys with prices dropping slightly. Florida gulf fisheries have received a larger quota for red snapper and the fish are firm fresh candy gilled and a good value. We will be seeing how prices may stabilize, but with closures on the Atlantic Coast we will have to wait and see. We also have some really engaging Amberjacks, these are the 4lb average sized Amberline jacks that cut great and are the southern equivalent to Hamachi. Fluke catches are very strong, and boats are unloading fish from Connecticut to the Carolinas. Nice Fish / Nice Price. Go…