FAQ’s About Oysters

We get a lot of questions surrounding oysters, which can often seem a bit of an enigma. They also can be a bit intimidating the first time you try them. We are here to answer some of those frequently asked questions and also educate our customers on these tasty...

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All About Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon, also known as red or blueback salmon, are known for being one of the smaller Pacific salmon species. Regardless of their size, their succulent, vibrant orange meat, is one of the tastiest of all types of salmon. The typical size of sockeye salmon is...

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Octopus 101

The octopus is a mysterious creature. This can be attributed primarily to their appearance. They are essentially a sac with 8 arms, 3 hearts, 9 brains and blue blood, which can admittedly be a bit less than appetizing! And that’s before one considers their apparent...

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The Delicacy that is Bluefin Tuna

                          Bluefin tuna are among the most beautifully colored fish in the sea. They display a vibrant metallic blue on the top of their bodies, and a shimmering white on the bottom. These...

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All About Laughing Bird Shrimp

There’s a delicate balance between the health benefits of serving wild seafood and the ecological benefits of serving farmed seafood. We’re constantly on the lookout for products that are both healthy to eat, and healthy for our planet. One variety of farmed shrimp...

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Poke Bowls: This Season’s Hottest Food Trend

Poke bowls are this season’s hottest food trend. We want to break down its history for you a little, and then show you just how easy it is to make in the comfort of your own home! Poke bowls originated in Hawaii. The word poke translates to “cut” or “slice” and...

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Red Snapper

  Red snapper can grow surprisingly large, topping the scale at 35 pounds. But the average market size is only roughly 4 to 6 pounds. Red snapper that are under 4 pounds have a lighter pink colored skin, but as they grow older (and bigger), they develop a deeper...

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Cod: The Staple Fish of the North Atlantic

Cod is the staple fish of the North Atlantic. It has a long history as the fish that fed entire medieval populations, allowed the Vikings and other Europeans to become world explorers, and continues to be a source of nutritious, healthy food to a wide variety of...

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Monkfish 101

  Monkfish, also known as anglerfish, goosefish, or bellyfish, may be the ugliest fish in the sea. They have huge heads, tiny eyes, and an enormous mouth filled with razor sharp teeth. They are also equipped with a fleshy growth on the front of their head used to...

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Cusk: An Under Appreciated Whitefish

                          Cusk, often thought of as a good replacement for cod, really should be more popular in its own right. It resides in the same family as the most popular white fish; haddock,...

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Swordfish 101

    Currently we receive our swordfish from the North Atlantic waters of both the US and Canada, as well as some being imported from South America. North Atlantic Swordfish are a very sustainable fish species, completely managed by the NOAA Fisheries and...

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Halibut: The Largest Flatfish

Halibut are the largest flatfish in the ocean, growing up to 9 feet in length and weighing up to 600 pounds! There are two different species, Pacific and Atlantic. As with other flatfish, both eyes are located on the one side of their bodies, because these fish are...

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Haddock: A fish we know and love

The vast majority of our customers know and love haddock. It’s an extremely popular, tasty white fish, and it’s a staple here in the northeast US. Haddock is often mistaken for cod, as they are very similar fish. One way to know the difference is to look for the...

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Arctic Char: The Salmon Look Alike

Arctic Char is a close relative to the brook trout, found from Northern Canada to Scandinavia. Due to the popularity of Arctic Char for food consumption, they are often farmed, as well. They are silver in color, and their bellies become a beautiful vibrant red during...

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Flounder: Everything you need to know

Flounder are considered flatfish. All flatfish have both eyes on one side of their head. Every flatfish starts as a round fish, with eyes on either side of the head, but as they grow and mature into bottom dwellers, one eye migrates. With this comes other changes in...

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Shad Roe: What is it?

The arrival of shad roe is our reminder that tulips and longer days are right around the corner. It is a delicacy that is found on the east coast just as soon as the weather starts to turn for the better. The season can be anywhere from February to May, depending upon...

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