As the warmer weather begins to move up the east coast, we got a call from our Alaska friend Karl Gustafson. He reported measuring wind gusts in Anchorage at 94 MPH. They do everything large in Alaska. With better weather predicted this week we should see some big Halibut and trolled King Salmon.
With highs in the upper 70’s, the boys in Beaufort, NC expect to land some beautiful fish this week. Triggerfish, Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, and Southern Flounder are all expected.
Out in Montauk F/V ‘Endangered Species’ is back on the water bringing day-boat Scallops, F/V ‘Christine Ann’ is landing Atlantic Cod, and F/V ‘Sea Capture’ is expected with Golden Tilefish. Yellowfin Tuna, Monkfish and Yellowtail Flounder should also be on the dock.
Knowing where your fish comes from is the key to assuring your diners. Fish fraud seems to continue rampantly, as Washington fishmonger Douglas Jay was sentenced to a year in prison, two years of supervised release, and a $347,202 community service payment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Sherrie Tinsley Myers, Special Agent in Charge of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, Alaska Division, stated: “We are very pleased with the sentence in this case. Mr. Jay orchestrated and implemented a successful scheme to defraud customers. NMFS is very concerned with the integrity and quality of US seafood, and we hope this sentence demonstrates the seriousness with which we view false labeling.” We applaud this effort.
Last Tuesday Sean Dimin and our friend Christopher Nicolson led a panel at the SpeakEasy series in Brooklyn. Christopher’s family has fished Sockeye Salmon from the remote Alaska village of Naknek on Bristol Bay since 1948, and he is a wealth of stories. Last night he forwarded a most interesting article on problems with “organic” farmed fish. Sean talked about how valuable it is for chefs to direct connect with outstanding fishermen.
Brooklyn Based published a very nice story about Sea to Table last week. The good food scene is thriving in Brooklyn, as it is across the country, and we are proud to be part of it.