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Ocean Tides – Northern Halibut 2017

Halibut Opens March 11th

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its Ninety-third Annual Meeting in Victoria, BC, Canada on 27 January, 2017. More than 200 halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with approximately 80 more participating in web broadcasts of the public sessions. The Commission approved a season of March 11th to November 7th 2017, for the U.S. and Canadian quota fisheries. Seasons will commence at noon local time on 11 March and terminate at noon local time on 7 November 2017.

Alaskan Halibut – Day Boat Direct

   Our Day Boat Direct Alaskan Halibut is the jewel in the crown of our seasonal Springtime offerings. With direct Alaskan flights and priority overnight shipping avenues, we guarantee the freshest Halibut with the longest shelf life.

   The Seafood Producers Cooperative focuses our supply from the celebrated “2C” fishing grounds. The 2C quota has been set for a total commercial catch of 4,212,000 lbs of Alaskan Halibut this season and we are your direct source for this one of a kind opportunity. We have “Air Fish”. This accelerates the shipping to offer unsurpassed freshness and the big fish when the smaller fish will not suffice. When offloaded at the docks, the Halibut puddle jumps to L.A. where the whole fish are repackaged with fresh cold packs for a same day shipment to the restaurant. SeafoodS.com offers expert fabrication and has some of the tightest trim available in commercial wholesale distribution.

   Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past. Accompany Halibut on your menu with a phenomenal New Zealand King Salmon (Seafood Watch “Best Choice”) for a consistent Salmon preparations, New Zealand Tai Snappers for whole fish presentations, Australian Hiramasa for sashimi, Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna for grandiose appetizers, New Zealand Groper for an elevated “Grouper-like” experience, New Zealand Cockles for a stunning pasta, Pacific Oysters for an elaborate raw bar, Saltwater Barramundi or Tahitian Albacore for unique lunch offerings, Japanese Madai and Hamachi for all things sushi, Spanish Turbot for your coveted Prixe Fixe wine/beer/whisky dinners, and many more available items including grass fed butter, Uni, Wagyu, Crab, Lobster, Loupe de Mer, Opah, Swordfish, Black Cod, and Ling.

The world is opened to you in a single call. The best of Alaska meets the best of the world in a single shipment. Delivered to your restaurant in a single day. Ultimate quality to the last single fish of the season. Make room for this unique opportunity this Spring and beyond. Secure your program this week.

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Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Aaron Philbrick: 704-769-2320

 


Celebrate The Holidays – SeafoodS.com Advent Calender


Winter Polar Halibut

The holidays are right around the corner. SeafoodS.com is excited to feature a Wintertime Halibut from the polar circle. Our Day Boat fleet of nine Norwegian “Sjark Boats” fishes short trips in the Barent Sea. Ultra-fresh, flown weekly into the United States, this halibut is a perfect feature for your December menu.


Lone Mountain Ranch Wagyu

Acquired in 1965 by Marion and Glen Lloyd, the Ranch served as the stomping grounds for the extended family while they raised various breeds of commercial cattle. Mary Lloyd Estrin and her husband Robert (Bob) Estrin took the reins of the Ranch in the mid-90s, spending cherished time on the land while cultivating a new legacy for the Ranch. After experiencing Wagyu beef at a Santa Monica restaurant in 2004, Bob knew the future of the family Ranch lay on his plate. In 2005, Bob purchased his first two 100% Fullblood Wagyu Bulls, transitioning the entire herd from conventional cattle to 100% Fullblood Wagyu by 2008. Located in Golden, New Mexico, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque on the historic Turquoise Trail, the Lone Mountain Ranch is a treasured and enchanting swath of land. Nestled between the San Pedro and Oritz Mountain ranges, this 27,000-acre plot is a vibrant ecosystem anchored by the lone mountain that guards the valley. We value this very special place as a piece of our heritage and take great care in nurturing it.


Maine Wild Sea Scallops

Get your Sea Scallop recipes in “Holiday mode”. December 1st opened the Maine Scallop Season and SeafoodS.com unites again with some of the freshest Day Boat Scallops Maine has to offer. This small Day Boat fleet of divers and dredgers are rigged and ready. The Scallops’ commercial harvest bolsters 6 day work weeks. The weeks consist of half diving beginning December 1st and ending April 15th, and half dredging beginning December 5th and ending March 29th. Each shipment of Day Boat Sea Scallops state F/V or Divers’ names to ensure you and your guests the trace-ability of these immaculate Scallops. Reach out to SeafoodS.com to get your Holiday menus secured.


Prawns

The Spencer Gulf prawn fishery leads the way in environmentally sustainable fishing practices, which is now being role-modelled worldwide. Recently this was acknowledged through being awarded Marine Stewardship Council Certification. Spencer Gulf King Prawns are an Australian product, caught and packed in Australia. The highest level of quality control is maintained, ensuring presentation, flavor, and product life is preserved.

Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawns are an alien species to many waters far from their Asian origin. They are considered invasive, and eating them could be viewed as stewarding ecological balance. Wild Nigerian Prawns are an incredible tasting and an awe inspiring product. With correct culinary application, the Wild Tiger Prawn can be the summit of the “Seafood Feature”. A hearty initial snap that finishes buttery and succulent, Tiger Prawns are “Giant” in proportions (some 10-13″ long), and have vast culinary applications. Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawns will have your guests “Marketing” your restaurant to everyone they encounter.

arabineros are “Parte superior del mundo”. Top of the world!!! Carabineros reign supreme in Mediterranean Fine Dining. Red Shrimp boast a natural Lobster-Like Sweetness and a very robust “Sea” flavor. Revered for the almost absurd size the Carabinero is by far the largest Red Shrimp on the market. Culinary applications demand skill and respect of the product. Treat as a delicate small Lobster and it becomes a protein without reproach nor equal.


Nantucket Bay Scallops

Captain Jeff Henderson of the F/V Miss Alice has been fishing the Nantucket Harbor and surrounding scallop grounds for decades. Over the years he has developed an almost uncanny knack to always locate these succulent bivalves regardless of the conditions. Jeff works with 15 other boats and skippers during the course of the Season to provide SeafoodS.com with “Nannys” direct from his “Scallop Shanty” to your guests plates within 24 hours from live shuck.

Nantucket bay scallops are harvested by fishermen in small boats from the shores and bays of Nantucket Island using hand dredges. Scallops are landed live, taken ashore and immediately shucked, often by the fishermen themselves in dockside shucking shanties. Fishing for bays can be restrictive: besides heavy winds and ice that can keep the boats tied, fishermen are actually forbidden from harvest if the air temperature is lower than 28°F before 10 AM. Because the water is warmer than the air, scallops will die immediately once dredged, killing both undersized juveniles who would be cast back along with the marketable catch. And although the season is opened until March, it is not uncommon for fishermen to stop fishing altogether once the harbor freezes up entirely, sometimes as early as the first week of January. Nantucket Bay scallops are smaller than sea scallops, and are about the tip of the thumb once shucked (60-80 per lb or 60-80 count). The meat itself is the abductor muscle of the scallop, and has a sweet, mild taste that is unequalled anywhere. Nantucket Bays are especially sought after because of their ability to be served raw when fresh, and at their ability to caramelize beautifully when put to heat. Super fresh Nantucket bay scallops can and SHOULD be enjoyed raw. Some sushi connoisseurs swear that the scallop is the greatest raw bar selection. Otherwise, bay scallops are preferred in ceviche dishes or are baked with herbs, wrapped in bacon, skewered and grilled, or battered and deep-fried or lightly pan-seared until the edges are a crispy brown. Simply one of the best treats that the ocean can offer.


Florida Stone Crab Claws

2016’s Stone Crab Season is going very well. We look at the abundance of this sustainable fishery as a shining symbol of Holiday Magic. The crab are moving well and finding the traps daily. SeafoodS.com invites all of our Chefs to incorporate this stunning, sweet, mellow, and succulent Crab Claw in any of your Holiday menus.

Florida Stone Crab harvests are one of the most “sustainable” crab industries in the world. Only the larger claw is removed, returning the live Stone Crab to the water to regenerate another claw.


 


Celebrate The Holidays With Maine Sea Scallops

Get your Sea Scallop recipes in “Holiday mode”. December 1st opens the Maine Scallop Season and SeafoodS.com unites again with some of the freshest Day Boat Scallops Maine has to offer. This small Day Boat fleet of divers and dredgers are rigged and ready. The Scallops’ commercial harvest bolsters 6 day work weeks. The weeks consist of half diving beginning December 1st and ending April 15th, and half dredging beginning December 5th and ending March 29th. Each shipment of Day Boat Sea Scallops state F/V or Divers’ names to ensure you and your guests the trace-ability of these immaculate Scallops. Reach out to SeafoodS.com to get your Holiday menus secured.


Ocean Tides – 2016 Nanny Bays

Chef – Nantucket Bay Scallop Season Opens  November 1st

Humble Beginnings

Bay scallops were not always considered a delicacy. In fact, in the early 1800s, they were used as bait for cod-fishing. It wasn’t until later in the 19th century that they became popular, and islanders quickly realized Nantucket was surrounded by a valuable commodity, literally waiting each season to be scooped off the bottom, shipped to the mainland and sold at a premium.

Commercial Scalloping

 

Many of the Island’s long-time commercial scallopers follow a family tradition passed down from generation to generation. Scallopers’ lives are by no means easy. They rise before dawn to be on the water by 6:30 a.m. between November and March (unless the temperature drops below 28 degrees or the wind is howling). They set out in small, open-decked boats, frequently alone, or with just a partner to help them haul their dredges. Locating scallops requires an intimate knowledge of the complex, ever-changing contours of the harbor floor, though most have never seen it. There’s also the risk of snagging another scalloper’s dredge, a costly and time-consuming setback. Commercial scallopers haul their catch from the bottom with dredges dragged behind their boats. “It’s very complex. There is so much to it with the natural changes in each season. November fishing is very different from March fishing,” said Marina Finch, who got her start with long-time scalloper Neil Cocker. In a banner year they are often back at the dock and enjoying a cup of coffee by 9 a.m., secure in the knowledge that they’ve just brought in several hundred dollars worth of succulent shellfish. Once the scallop boat is back at the dock, the scallops, still in their shells, are brought ashore and taken to a shucking shanty, where they wait to be opened. With three quick flicks of a knife blade, veteran shuckers open the shells and separate the meat. It’s a repetitive job, but the best shuckers can go through thousands of shellfish a day. And the industry couldn’t survive without them.

YOUR Fishermen

 

Captain Jeff Henderson of the F/V Miss Alice has been fishing the Nantucket Harbor and surrounding scallop grounds for decades. Over the years he has developed an almost uncanny knack to always locate these succulent bivalves regardless of the conditions. Jeff works with 15 other boats and skippers during the course of the Season to provide SeafoodS.com with “Nannys” direct from his “Scallop Shanty” to your guests plates within 24 hours from live shuck.

The Scallops

(Argopectin irradians)

Nantucket bay scallops are harvested by fishermen in small boats from the shores and bays of Nantucket Island using hand dredges. Scallops are landed live, taken ashore and immediately shucked, often by the fishermen themselves in dockside shucking shanties. Fishing for bays can be restrictive: besides heavy winds and ice that can keep the boats tied, fishermen are actually forbidden from harvest if the air temperature is lower than 28°F before 10 AM. Because the water is warmer than the air, scallops will die immediately once dredged, killing both undersized juveniles who would be cast back along with the marketable catch. And although the season is opened until March, it is not uncommon for fishermen to stop fishing altogether once the harbor freezes up entirely, sometimes as early as the first week of January. Nantucket Bay scallops are smaller than sea scallops, and are about the tip of the thumb once shucked (60-80 per lb or 60-80 count). The meat itself is the abductor muscle of the scallop, and has a sweet, mild taste that is unequalled anywhere. Nantucket Bays are especially sought after because of their ability to be served raw when fresh, and at their ability to caramelize beautifully when put to heat. Super fresh Nantucket bay scallops can and SHOULD be enjoyed raw. Some sushi connoisseurs swear that the scallop is the greatest raw bar selection. Otherwise, bay scallops are preferred in ceviche dishes or are baked with herbs, wrapped in bacon, skewered and grilled, or battered and deep-fried or lightly pan-seared until the edges are a crispy brown. Simply one of the best treats that the ocean can offer.

Nantucket Bay Scallop Season Opens November 1st

Call SeafoodS.com for to secure your first run.

Contact SeafoodS.com

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267

 


Ocean Tides – Stone Crab Claws

The Crab 

(Menippe mercenaria)

October 15th opens the coveted Florida Stone Crab Season. We are positioned to be your direct Fresh Claw ambassadors. Florida Stone Crab Claws are an easily marketable, fine dining, menu-able product that holds the utmost “Briny Sweetness”. From Miami to Phoenix to Vegas to L.A., the Stone Crab has starred in the successes of many of our customers. SeafoodS.com is striving to promote these seasonal phenomena to anyone who would like to serve the best… Florida Stone Crab Claws! These delicious, revered, and celebrated claws have a “hand” in launching a nation-wide love of the iconic Crab House. Restaurants have, for decades, worked to refine their presentation and application for Fine Dining. This has brought Stone Crab Claws to their highest culinary pinnacle. The Stone Crab boasts one of the sweetest flavor profiles of any crustacean, and SeafoodS.com will be positioned as a direct shipping avenue for the freshest Stone Crab Claw.
Stone Crab traps will hit the Atlantic and Gulf on October 15th! SeafoodS.com invites you to reach out to our experts to secure this program for you and your guests. Preorders will be accepted, and they are highly recommended.

The Fisheries

(Gulf Of Mexico & South Atlantic)

SeafoodS.com has a long standing relationship with the Watermen of Florida whose livelihood depends on these crustaceans.   Just south of Tallahassee, in the heart of Florida’s “Big Bend” region is the port City of Saint Marks. This is the water side home of Richard, Andy, and Johnny. They are brothers from a family that has fished Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for six generations. They each captain a boat in the family’s five boat fleet. The most notable end result of their efforts is the renowned claw of the Apalachee Stone Crab.
Atlantic Stone Crab is also highly sought, and SeafoodS.com has an incredibly secure position in National Distribution. Through our “Florida Direct” Program, we source only the highest quality product available for next day delivery to our customers. This is an opportunity for our customers to doubly expand their reach into a competitive and aggressively desired menu-able product line. In each location, the Claws are meticulously harvested, brought to dock, and masterfully steamed and chilled for the highest quality Claws on the market. They are then packed and shipped within hours.
Florida Stone Crab harvests are one of the most “sustainable” crab industries in the world. Only the larger claw is removed, returning the live Stone Crab to the water to regenerate another claw. Wooden traps have historically made “Crab Hunting” by Octopus, (natural crab predators), very easy. SeafoodS.com’s partners have found opportunity in this environmental reality. They utilize heavy steel traps to prohibit the Octopus from entering. They also position Octopus Pot Traps nearby to capture the Cephalopods. These Octopus Traps also capture Black Sea Bass which will accompany the Crab and Octopus back to Dock for next day delivery to your restaurant! Consider all of the benefits to a direct line into Florida’s finest seafood for your Autumn Menu. SeafoodS.com can fill that need and much more.

The Process

(From Deck to Dinner)

In the pre-dawn hours of October 15 th , Captains loaded with traps will sail to their hallowed crab grounds and begin a process that runs until mid May.  Four days a week they will pull pots between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., followed by claw processing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  They bait and set tens of thousands crab pots in a fishing zone spread over hundreds of miles and in waters ranging from 6 to 35 feet in depth. Thousands of pots are pulled, fished, and re-baited each fishing day.
Claws must be of legal size.  Once a pot is pulled, the claws are measured, one legal claw is removed and the crab is tossed back into the water.  The crab men are adept in identifying egg bearing female crabs and these are instantly returned to the sea with both claws still intact.
The claws are not iced on the boat as this will cause the meat to stick to the shell after processing.  Upon returning to the docks, the claws are graded as follows: Colossal (1-2 ct), Jumbo (2-3 ct), Large (3-5 ct), Selects (6 ct) and Medium (7-8 ct).  Selects are perfect for restaurants desiring claws that are all the same size.  After grading, the claws are steamed at a maximum temperature and held for ten minutes before being “shocked” in an ice bath to reduce the temperature. They are then packed and shipped to your receiving docks and kitchen doors.

Stone Crab Season Opens October 15th, 2016

Call SeafoodS.com for to secure your first run.

Contact SeafoodS.com

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267


Ocean Tides – Spiny Lobster

Chef – Florida Spiny Lobster Season is Here.

Saturday kicked off the 2016 Florida Spiny Lobster Season. The Season will run for eight months with bountiful projections. SeafoodS.com is positioned to acquire Lobsters from various Florida coastal locations to secure the best available for our customers. With Priority Overnight shipping, we guarantee a direct source and incomparable quality. See why Spiny Lobster is so often celebrated in restaurants across coastal southern states.

Spiny Lobster

(Panulirus argus)

Commonly referred to as the Florida spiny lobster, the Caribbean spiny lobster inhabits tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Spiny lobsters get their name from the forward-pointing spines that cover their bodies to help protect them from predators. They vary in color from almost white to dark red-orange. The spiny lobster is a highly sought delicacy and brings recreational “hunters” from all over the country and beyond to seek this intriguing species. The tail of the spiny lobster offers succulence and sweetness while maintaining a clean flavor and unmistakable texture. It adapts to a multitude of cooking methods and recipes. From steam, court-bullion, and butter poaching to the open flames of the grill, the spiny lobster meets each technique with the same remarkable end… DELICIOUSNESS.

Lobster Dish2

Spiny lobster is a highly marketable and renowned seafood item. The possible challenges of “introducing” a seafood item or ingredient to your guests are not present with this acclaimed favorite. Offering a historic coastal specialty in many national markets is what makes SeafoodS.com so pleased with our, direct from Florida, spiny lobster program. Contact us for your specialized spiny lobster menu option, and allow us to assist in “building” a perfect Florida box.

Contact SeafoodS.com for your New England Shellfish Options

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa – 704-413-3267


Ocean Tides – Watching the Rivers Run

Chef – Copper River Salmon Opens Mid-May!

In 1868, a year after the Alaskan Purchase, Americans began to explore Southern Alaska. It was evident that the lands and seas were flush with future wealth. Within the next 10 years, Americans had began their trade with the natives, but not just simple Otter pelts, but fish, game, mining rights, and prospecting lands. In the late 1800’s the Copper River opens for commercial fishing. As one of the earliest and most celebrated Alaskan Fisheries, the Copper River has been in the celebrations and rituals of the native Eyak for thousands of years, the hearts and economy of the locals for over a century, and the menus and tables of a nation for decades. It is truly one of the most significant Salmon runs of the season.
The Copper River is a fast flowing, 290 mile long, valley carving beast. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile at 7 miles per hour, this is a Salmon Slalom like no other. The sheer speed and escalation of the Copper River is directly related to the celebration of the fattiness of Copper River Salmon. The needed “fat” of the fish to make this run is comparable to fish that make much longer journeys. Long before their instinctive migrations begin, these fish naturally understand the necessity of feeding for fuel. They veraciously pack on the silky fat to burn along the trek to their spawning grounds upriver. The Copper River Runs will be closely monitored for fishing times and dates, and SeafoodS.com will fiercely source and procure Copper River Salmon for your menus, features, and specialties. We will “Follow the River” for every major River Opening this season. Stay tuned…

The Copper River

Copper Sockeye – Red or Bluejack Salmon

(Oncorhynchus nerka)

Copper Coho – Silver Salmon

(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

Copper Chinook – King Salmon

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your Spring Features

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256