Catanese Classic Seafood and Gulf Wild are partners in sustainability. The Gulf Wild group participated in our 2014 Sustainable Seafood event held at Canterbury Country Club. Jason Delacruz executive director of Gulf Wild gave a great presentation of the program’s objectives and goals. Over the past 2 years our partnership has grown to such a level that our personnel and our customers expect traceable Gulf Wild offerings on our daily seafood list. On rare occasions if landings are light or logistics don’t match up and we don’t have Gulf Wild seafood to offer, our sales personnel head to the buyers office for answers. Gulf Wild traceable seafood is a staple at Catanese Classic Seafood and we are very proud of that. Along with the targeted groupers and American red snappers we have been offering some really great by-catch items lately. Amberjack, grunts, Caribbean lane snappers and hogfish have all been available as a tagged and traceable by-catch this summer. We have heard stories from those giving the tag or tag number to diners in their restaurant and soon there’s a buzz with people learning about where and how the fish was caught and seeing a picture of the boat Captain and all the great info provided with that cool tag. Next thing you know other diners are asking about the tags and then dinner after dinner of delicious sustainable, traceable Gulf Wild seafood is being enjoyed in the dining room. Retailers are experiencing similar results. Consumers specifically asking for the tagged seafood items at the seafood counter. This bit of education is not only fun but highly important to help raise the consciousness of everybody to the importance of properly managing all our fisheries through responsible stewardship of our waterways.
Jason Delacruz, the Executive Director of Gulf Wild and the Gulf Wild fishermen have hit on some gorgeous golden tilefish and are in the process of packing these beauties with their traceable tags and fantastic flavor. The fishing vessel Miss Donna captained by Jesse Reed was on a deep water trip at the edge of the Tortugas near the Florida shelf looking for yellow edge grouper. Captain Jesse put some lines in about 1000 foot waters and felt like he was on the groupers. Up comes the first lines and the biggest golden tilefish the Captain has ever caught was on the line. Having Tile quota available for the Miss Donna this trip turned into a Golden Tile trip, and a prosperous one at that. They will go fast so don’t wait and take advantage of this great haul.
Tilefish is a mild-tasting white fish harvested from southern New England to the Gulf of Mexico. The saying “you are what you eat” rings true for this fish – they mainly feed on crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs. People often describe the tilefish’s sweet flavor as similar to crab or lobster. Tilefish was first caught and identified in 1879 in waters south of Nantucket. A commercial fishery quickly developed in this area when people discovered what a tasty meal tilefish made.
Lake Fish Update
We have now reached the heat of summer. As it is every year, the production on Lake Erie slows down greatly. This year the late spring and early summer rains were at record levels and runoff very high. This leads to the potential of large algae blooms.
Our yellow perch fishermen here in Ohio and the Canadian walleye fishermen both report growing algae conditions. The reason this is critical to fishing is on multiple levels. Number one the algae consumes oxygen and depletes the water of needed oxygen for fish life. Thus the fish avoid these areas of low oxygen and head for more breathable waters. The other major problem with the algae bloom is the algae gets hung up on fishing nets and makes these visible to the fish. The fish see and smell the algae on the nets and avoid them. We expect to have fish in limited quantities of both Yellow Perch and Walleye over the next couple of weeks. Patience will be needed by all as the fishermen chase and try to locate fish in these adverse condition.