Since 1849, Gloucester Massachusetts has been the home to a company that is today known as Gorton's. At one time they were vertically integrated with their own fleet of fishing schooners, maintenance infrastructure, storage facilities and sales staff - an island unto itself in one of the most storied fishing ports in history. Their fleet … Continue reading Gorton’s Haddock Fish Fillets Review
At this point in this blog's history, most of my fisheries knowledge is centered on the United States, Eastern Canada to an extent and also the better known species in Europe. However, the region I must admit the most ignorance is India. Such a huge and populous country with a rich fishing heritage along the … Continue reading Fish Chain: India’s Fair Trade Fish Retailer
We have an old expression you still hear sometimes in Gloucester. When you know someone who is a cut above the rest, works hard, plays hard, doesn't brag or complain, they are the "finestkind." My friend Shep Means is one such individual. I've never seen the guy without a smile, even after a day digging … Continue reading Steamers In Beer Means Summer Is Here!
Recently the Discovery Channel showed "Sacred Cod" which looked into the divide that separates Fishermen and NOAA's fishery scientists here in New England. Fishermen have said for years that the methods used in the trawl surveys are flawed and that cod is much more abundant in the Gulf of Maine than scientists claim. The extremely … Continue reading Documentary “Counting Fish” Sheds Light On Fishermen/NOAA Rift
Last time I bought fish at a supermarket I got a very fishy piece of wild salmon. This time, at a different store, with a different fish, I had a much better experience. This was an unexpected purchase, I was out of town on work errands when I decided to do some "research" at a … Continue reading Early Season Swordfish Or Freezer Fraud? Either Way It Was Delicious
Back in the days of sail, when Gloucester was the greatest fishing port in the Western Hemisphere, much of the famous schooner fleet was made up of "white-washed yankees." Men from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland who became US citizens in order to prosper doing what they did back home: catch fish. Those days are gone … Continue reading Have You Heard Of Fish And Brewis?
I'm starting to think I'm getting the hang of this blogging stuff. I've recently reached over 100 followers along with some pretty high praise from those I respect in the seafood industry. But I still get excited when my blog gets noticed, and in this most recent case I have an extra reason to be … Continue reading Dover Sole From The Fish Society: A Wish Come True!
I have been blessed most of my life with an availability of excellent seafood. In my travels, I've tried to sample as many local delicacies as I could afford. But there have always been a few fish that have slipped through my grasp for one reason or another. They may not be the most glamorous … Continue reading My Fish Wish List: 5 Fish I Want To Eat
This post examines the various types of flatfish seen in markets, with the exception of halibut. These fish go by many different names depending upon locality and marketing but brill, dab, flounder, sole, tongue, turbot and plaice are all flatfish. They are found ocean wide, with hundreds of individual species and hybrids. Flounder, meaning “flatfish” … Continue reading Species Spotlight: Flounder And Sole
There are a lot of different fish I've wanted to try, but most of the fish I eat are local or seasonal species. I'm also in a somewhat dire financial situation, which limits my family's seafood purchases mostly to things I know will be eaten. I can't afford expensive failed experiments. But for this blog … Continue reading Whole Foods: Dover Sole With A Side Of Sticker Shock