For the past two weeks Greg Young has been talking about getting his hands on some swordfish. It is not as easy as you would think, in fact the swordfish fishery occurs around 125 miles offshore (75 miles short of being in International waters!) Fortunately a fisherman by the name of John Hatte on the fishing vessel Tempationmake the journey this time of year. Swordfish like warm water and we are lucky to have warm water due West of Monterey, which is exactly where John got this fish. This week we three fish, roughly 450lbs, and we are thrilled to offer it to all our LCMB Members.
The image below is from back east, specifically Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard. Jay Lagemann created the ‘Swordfish Harpooner’ in 1994 and it has been overlooking Vineyard Sound and Menemsha harbor since. I’m including this image for three reasons: First, it is a swordfish and fisherman! Second, it speaks to me(Alan) as an artist (some of you may know my undergraduate degree is in sculpture), and finally this sculpture comes from the Island where I grew up! I would be interested to hear what you all think of this piece, but for me it beautifully and simply captures the relationship between fish and fisherman, and more broadly speaking, ocean and community, nature and man.
Caught by: John Hatte
Landed in: San Francisco on Sunday 10/14
Processed by: Greg Young on Monday 10/15
Coolers packed: 10/16 by Alan
Fillets shares vs. Whole fish shares: No difference – all shares will be steaks
What to take: Small shares: 1 bag, Family shares: 2 bags
For best taste, eat by: Thursday
Supersize your Seafood Tuesday!
Greg picked-up more lobster on Saturday and he saved a couple for us (20 to be exact). Why you may ask? Unfortunately last week Sanddabs members didnt get their weekly share (sad I know!), so this week we are offering them at a first come first serve basis with preference to Sanddabs members. The price will be a normal $20 for a whole cooked and cleaned ~1-1.2 lb lobster. Essentially we are giving you the opportunity to “Supersize” your seafood Tuesday! Email or call me by 10:00am Tuesday morning if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Please respect this time frame as I will be packing coolers all morning
-Our Swordfish species profile
about the swordfish fishery:
-Swordfish is commercially fished with gillnets, longlines, and harpoons. This weeks swordfish was caught with gillnets. Learn more about the pros and cons here.
-Here are a couple photos of the fishing vessel Temptation taken by Greg Young .
-This webpage from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center has some great info on the biology and status of swordfish on the West Coast.
-Swordfish are a Highly Migratory Species and are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
about swordfish preparation:
-Delicious swordfish recipes on the LCMB website
-Please share your swordfish experience with other members on our Facebook page or share your recipes and ideas on the Member’s Forum