November 12 2015 Market Report

To All Our Buyers and Chefs,

We are finally getting some seasonal weather for this weekend, temps will be in the 40’s and 50’s and a bit blustery. Good time for hot bowl of chowder or a nice fish stew. Coincidentally it is National Split Pea Soup Week, a couple of ham hock and you got yourself a bowl full of soul warming goodness. Today in 1927 the Holland Tunnel opened – the first Hudson River automobile tunnel from New York City to New Jersey. In 1968 Epperson v. Arkansas in US Supreme Court declares law banning teaching evolution in public schools unconstitutional, wow. In 1995, long lines and short tempers as straphangers deal with the first day of a mass transit fare hike. The hike boosts the single-ride fare 25 cents to $1.50!

Black Sea Bass is running really strong this week, Black sea bass eat whatever prey is available, but they especially like crabs, shrimp, small fish, and clams. That is what gives them their sweet mild flavor, great on a plate. Wild Striped Bass are slowly creeping up, these bad boys are local fish caught here in NY State, the gills are beautiful red color and should not be missed. Golden Corvina is looking sharp for the weekend specials board too, the flesh resembles Snapper. Corvina has a mild, sweet taste with firm, large flaked flesh which is pinkish when raw but cooks up white.

Hake and Pollack are the bargains of the week, cousins to the Cod these guy are great for a fish stew or chowder too. We will send all the bones you may need too at no charge, just ask.We have some beautiful fatty Swordfish in the house and the price is up a little but it's still a deal. Tuna #2+ is still at a great price, just slightly less red than our #1 but at a better price point, still great for a quick sear on the grill or in a pan and oh so yummy.

Great North Bay Oysters have dropped too, these local bivalves are a bargain, sweet crispy meats with a great balance of salinity; best is they are from Long Island. No lie, they should be on everyone’s menu. 

NFI Blasts Oceana Salmon Mislabeling Report - SeafoodSource

October 29, 2015 - The Washington-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has blasted a new report by environmental activist group Oceana on salmon mislabeling, claiming the organization did not investigate the issue thoroughly enough and is issuing advice that does not make sense.

“The problem with Oceana’s work is that it fails dramatically to provide and even understand the specifics that are needed to address this challenge,”
- wrote NFI Spokesman Gavin Gibbons.

The Oceana report is the result of DNA testing conducted on samples of salmon taken from stores and restaurants in the United States. The group’s report said more than 40 percent of the samples showed farmed Atlantic salmon was marketed incorrectly as wild salmon, which sells at a premium price, or that a lesser-expensive variety of salmon was sold under the label of a more expensive one.

Gibbons took particular issue with Oceana’s recommendations to address the mislabeling problem, such as requiring companies provide more information to consumers about the fish they are eating. “More enforcement is needed, not new and different laws or regulatory requirements,” Gibbons wrote. “The rules and regulations are already on the books making seafood mislabeling illegal.” Gibbons said NFI also objects to Oceana’s call for a “one name, one fish” designation to simplify naming systems for fish sold in the United States.

“This report is focused on Atlantic Salmon, as it is the item Oceana’s testing suggests is most often mislabeled,” he wrote. “It already has one name. There is one acceptable market name for Atlantic salmon, how else would they suggest we consistently name it?” All NFI member companies are required to be a part of the Better Seafood Board, an anti-fish fraud group, and Gibbons said NFI and its members do take seafood mislabeling seriously. “Let’s be clear, fraud is fraud. If wild salmon is what’s advertised that’s what you should get. There’s no question about it,” Gibbons wrote. “If there is evidence of fraudulent mislabeling, law enforcement should be involved. Cracking down on these types of practices is the only practical way to stop them.”

“Now she is afraid to come out of the water
And the poor little girl's turning blue
Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore
It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
That she wore for the first time today”

 ~ Brian Hyland, rocker, born today in 1943 in Queens, New York


Regards,

TEAM DOWN EAST