Sablefish or Albacore, Depending on Your Site

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This is Alan with your weekly LCMB newsletter!

We’ve reached another pivotal time in the fishing season: commercial dungeness crab season begins in a little over a week. What this means for the waterfront is that most fishermen are on the docks readying their gear and boats for the November 15th opening. The harbors are busy and excitement is in the air. 

In preparation of this winters heavy crab fishing, and winter unpredictability we have found a source of frozen albacore from this summers great season. Initially we thought smoked albacore would be the answer, but we have found that we can’t do too much of a good thing. So in addition to dungeness crab this winter we plan on doing sablefish, rockfish, pacific herring, fresh or frozen sand dabs, frozen albacore, smoked sablefish, oysters, and abalone to name a few. That said there will likely be times when the sea is boiling, the skys are pouring, and the wind is howling and we won’t be able to offer anything. What an exciting and delicious season to look forward to right?!?

This week was tough with dungeness season around the corner and a decent swell and wind on the water over the weekend. We are fortunate to provide previously frozen albacore tuna from F/V Mandy J and fresh sablefish from F/V High Hopes both from San Francisco. We were hoping to have enough sablefish for everyone, but as you all know sometimes the weather, timing and volume doesnt work out. That said we are excited to offer albacore to a few of our sites (Moss Landing, Salinas, Marina/Seaside). As with most personal preference we realize some people will prefer sablefish, some will prefer albacore. We do our best to rotate sites so no site is favored. If you have a strong preference I encourage you all to use our members forum to swap or trade shares. Try tonight if you can!

Details on this weeks shares are provided below.

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Pacific Albacore
(Moss Landing, Salinas, Marina/Seaside)

Caught by: F/V Mandy J
Landed in: San Francisco
When landed: Caught in September and frozen
Filleted and bagged: Monday by Greg Young
Coolers packed: Tuesday AM, by Alan
Fillets shares vs. Whole fish shares: no difference
What to take: small shares: 1 bag; family shares: 2 bags.
For best taste, eat by: Thursday. Since albacore has been previously frozen we do not recommend re-freezing.

Pacific albacore tuna has a very mild flavor. It has a steaky texture with moist and large flakes that makes it versatile for cooking. From a topping on salads, on its own in poke, or over sushi rice as sashimi, when albacore is prepared and eaten fresh it can’t be beat. If you are going to take it to the grill or skillet make sure you don’t overcook it. Perfectly cooked albacore should remain pink in the middle.

about Pacific albacore:
-Our Pacific albacore species profile
-Curious about albacore and mercury levels? This study shows how troll caught tuna have low levels of mercury. Get real sciency and read more here.
-Some interesting resources on the commercial Pacific albacore fishery provide by NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center can be found here.

Pacific albacore fishing:
-This week’s Pacific albacore were caught by trolling. Click here to read more about the pros and cons of this method.
-Watch this hip VIDEO to see how LCMB fisherman Jerry Foster fishes for albacore.

Pacific albacore preparation:
-Seven delicious Pacific albacore recipes on the LCMB website.
-Two more recipes submitted by members on our members forum.
-Please share your Pacific albacore experience on our Facebook page or on the “Pacific albacore” section of our Member’s Forum.

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(Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz (Food Bin, SCMB, and Point Market), Aptos, Watsonville, Sand City, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Carmel Valley)

Caught by: John Mellor, F/V High Hopes
Landed in: San Francisco
When landed: Sunday
Filleted and bagged: Monday by Greg Young
Coolers packed: Tuesday AM, by Alan
Fillets shares vs. Whole fish shares: No small sablefish this week. All members will receive fillets!
What to take: Small shares: 1 bag; Family shares: 2 bags
For best taste, eat by: Friday. If need be, sablefish freezes well.

Few fish are as silky rich in omega-3 laden fats as sablefish, and in the kitchen, sablefish offer a striking yin-yang appearance — creamy white flesh juxtaposed against black skin. Sablefish is extremely versatile. Its high fat content fish helps to reduce the chances of you overcooking it and makes it soft, buttery, and versatile. While it won’t dry out, it will fall apart if cooked for too long. Try it on the grill, pan roasted, or poached.

about sablefish:
-Our sablefish species profile
-Check out this map showing habitat suitability for adult sablefish
-Read about the 2011 status of the U.S. sablefish resource here

about sablefish fishing:
-John Mellor fishes with a longline. Learn more about the pros and cons of longline fishing here.
-LCMB Video: See how sablefish are caught by longlining in this VIDEO starring LCMB fisherman Stan Bruno

about sablefish preparation:
-Check out the sablefish recipes on the LCMB website.
-Local Catch members have shared a couple of their own sablefish recipes on our forum.
-Video cooking demo #1: Santa Cruz caterer and personal chef Marisa Johnston demonstrates the outstanding “miso/lemon/butter/honey” sablefish recipe
-Video cooking demo #2: Kelly and Ashley of Mint Café in Scotts Valley share their preparation of an Asian salad with panko flake sablefish
-Please share your sablefish experience with other members on our Facebook page or share your recipes and ideas on the Member’s Forum.

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Now Accepting Deposits for BN Ranch Turkeys for Thanksgiving, Delivery on 11/20
The mission of Bolinas-based BN Ranch is to “create the best tasting and most wholesome humanely raised Heritage Turkeys in the world.” These are some truly amazing birds. Both broad-breasted and heritage turkeys are available, in several size classes each. The prices will be $7.95/lb for heritage birds and $5.25/lb for broad breasted birds. Discounts may be possible if our order reaches a certain volume. If you are interested, please place a deposit on a turkey by making an order on our Web Store (instructions below), no later than midnight on 11/13. The deposit will be deducted from your LCMB balance. Once we know the exact weight of your turkey, we will charge you the difference with a 1-time charge. Since our site hosts have different storage capacities, we may not be able to distribute turkeys at every site, and there will likely be some location consolidation to facilitate turkey pickup. More details to come, but rest assured that we will find a way to connect you with your turkey.

UPDATE: BN Ranch has sold out of their Broad Breasted Turkeys in the 15-18lbs and 18-21lbs range. Those of you who have ordered turkeys in that range, this doesn’t affect you, your order was put in before they ran out. 

Order your turkey before they run out of your size!

Local Catch Web Store and T-Shirt Special!
LCMB T-shirts are extremely attractive, fair trade shirts that are produced in the USA. They are now available for only $22. Your order helps us to provide our regular fishermen with free Local Catch hoodies. Also on the Web Store, you can order an extra share of tomorrow’s fish, live abalone, smoked sablefish, smoked albacore tuna, cedar planks, a new LCMB bag, a piece of fisherman Chris Zajac’s art or original shirts, to accompany your share! Access the Webstore by logging in to your account and then clicking on the words “Web Store” in the upper right corner. Orders must be placed by 9pm Monday to receive the following day. You should receive a confirmation email with the successful completion of an order, and your Local Catch account balance will be debited accordingly at the time of delivery.

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Reminders – Many Ways to Participate
1. If you don’t want your share (or would like an extra), you can place a posting on our Buy/Sell/Swap discussion topic and make arrangements with other members. If you do this, be sure to provide some kind of contact info so others can get in touch with you.
2. Send us a new recipe, broken down into steps and with a photo you’ve taken, and we’ll credit your account $5.
3. Refer a new member, and receive a $20 referral credit. Make sure the new member gives us your name after they sign up.
4. Need some new seafood preparation ideas? Meet other LCMB members and share a meal by posting on this discussion topic.

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Please VOTE!
Local Catch has no political affiliation. If we “believe” in anything it is transparency, stewardship, and participation. Oren has been in Colorado for the past few days getting people to vote in this important election. If he was writing this newsletter he would probably let you know with great conviction how strongly he feels about participating in our government. This is a friendly reminder to vote if you haven’t done so already. Thank you if you have!

In recognition of election day we challenge you all to prepare a meal using all red white and blue ingredients. Your patriotic culinary work should display all three colors proudly. Please send us a photo either on facebook or through email by Thursday night. If we receive more than one photo we will include them in a survey this week for you all to judge. Winner receives this weeks share for free! 

Enjoy your Local Catch Tuesday, and this phenomenal November sunshine!

-Alan and Oren

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