1) Blackgill Rockfish, Fort Bragg
This blackgill rockfish was caught by longline on multiple boats in Fort Bragg. The fillet will come scaled with the skin on.
Last week, a customer reached out to us with some great questions about the sustainability of rockfish, so I wanted to share our response in case you have similar questions! It matters which rockfish species we consume. Rockfish are very slow growing and therefore, it is important to be selective in fishing them. The Blackgill species is one of the most abundant (as well as one of the most delicious) so this is why we source this particular species. There are over 70 species of Pacific rockfish, and during the 1980s and 1990s, the species as a whole suffered a severe population decline, due to both overfishing and natural causes. By 2000, the species was on the verge of collapse so the federal regulatory agencies (NOAA, CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, etc.) instituted major management reforms and fishing restrictions to protect the species. By 2002, the species was starting to rebound and Blackgill is one of the species that has fully rebounded. Some rockfish species are still illegal to fish, such as Yellow-eye.
Rockfish and Sweet Potato Thai Curry (an oldie from Siren’s early days!)
2) Skin-on Black Cod Fillet, Bodega Bay
I know many of you are rejoicing that salmon season is finally here (I am too) but black cod still holds the prize for some of my finest dining experiences. It’s just so buttery and delectable – it never loses its pull on me. This black cod that you will be enjoying was caught on the F/V/ China Doll by longline, and landed in Bodega Bay.
3) Fresh Canadian King Salmon Fillet
Due to stormy weather, we do not currently have California-caught wild king salmon. However, we will begin offering it again as soon as the seas calm down and the fishermen can go out again.
Your Weekly Seafood News Briefing
California, Oregon governors request salmon disaster declaration. “California Gov. Jerry Brown and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday to declare a federal fisheries disaster due to this year’s unprecedented low number of ocean salmon, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.”
Opinion: Want to protect Alaska salmon? Oppose pebble project. “[Local residents and business owners] along with other members of the sportfishing and recreation industry, joined Bristol Bay’s tribes, Native corporations and commercial fishermen in asking the EPA to conduct an extensive, peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed. As a result, a comprehensive, years-long study was put forth, eliciting literally tens of thousands of comments from across the state. The culmination of this effort was a document that detailed the extreme importance of salmon to the culture as well as the local economy, and the deleterious effect mining the Pebble deposit would have upon both our fisheries and our incomes.”
Improving the Ocean: Getting Serious about Overfishing. “The oceans face dire threats. Better regulated fisheries would help.”
Enjoy your seafood this week!