Offloading Opelio Crabs In Dutch Harbor, AK

19 06 2009

I shot this video after a good haul in December. Opelio crab- also know as snow crab is delicious, but not nearly as rich and buttery as king crab. The only part of the crab that is eaten is the legs.


True Caviar

18 06 2009

Caviar has come to be defined generally as fish roe, but technically, true caviar comes only from the sturgeon. The source of the best caviar is the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. There are three types of sturgeon caviar, Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga. Beluga is the largest, softest, most expensive caviar. It is buttery and mild. Osetra is medium sized eggs, and Sevruga the smallest. Due to overfishing and poor relations with countries like Iran, it is near impossible to get caviar from the Caspian or Black Sea in the States. There are fish farms that produce good quality caviar from the White sturgeon in places like California.

There are also types of caviar, which include malossol-(lightly salted, Russian,) salted, pressed and pasteurized. My crab boat captain, Dennis, was kind enough to give me this as a present after a lucrative fishing season. It is a Russian Osetra (I didn’t ask how he procured it):DSC05198

Top 10 Seafood Restaurants In The World

18 06 2009

grand_vefour_diningThe examiner has published a list of the top 10 seafood restaurants in the world. The Examiner\’s List…

Mul Yam – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Boathouse Inn – Phuket, Thailand

Chef Mavro – O’ahu Hawaii

Satyricon – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

C – Vancouver, Canada

Quinzi & Gabrieli – Rome, Italy

Le Grand Vefour – Paris, France

Vox – Reykjavic, Iceland

Ryotei Kagetsu – Osaka, Japan

E’cco Bistro, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I’ve been to one of these, Le Grand Vefour, the most opulent establishment I have ever been to. The quality of the sole I had was exceptional, the flavors were above average. The bill was as extravagant as the decor.

Mercury Levels in Fish- A Cause For Concern?

18 06 2009

sideThere has been a lot of talk and concern about the levels of mercury in fish. My opinion is shared with most informed doctors and scientists. The overall nutritional value of fish, along with the high omega 3 fatty acid content, far outweighs the negative aspects of eating it. Here is the bottom line- larger, predatory fish have larger concentrations of mercury. These include tuna, tilefish, swordfish, king mackerel, shark, etc. So, limiting consumption of these species to a maximum of twice a week, is probably reasonable. But the health benefits of fish, far outweigh the over blown mercury issue.

There has NEVER been a case of mercury poisoning from fish, and the Japanese, who consume the most fish per capita in the world live longer and healthier lives.

Here is a website from The Center For Consumer Freedom, an non-profit group. It provided informative facts about mercury. mercuryMyths.cfm

1000 Year Old Fishing Grounds Found On Google Earth

17 06 2009

The V-shaped rock formation below, discovered off the British coast, was constructed to trap fish as the tide flowed out. This is ingenious and possibly more effective than any fishing method we use today. And no fuel is burned with a boat. (We spend nearly $100,000 a year on diesel fuel fishing on my boat.) 


Exxon Ordered To Pay Interest On Damage

17 06 2009

exxon-mobil_LogoYesterday, Exxon Mobile was ordered to pay interest on damage from their devastating 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska. Having fished salmon in Valdez, Ak, I can attest first hand to the damages there. The last time I was in that area was in 2007, almost 20 years after the spill. Amazingly, you can still see a sheen of oil in the water. Many fisherman lost a large portion of their income by being unable to fish in that area, as well as the unimaginable amount of destruction to the habitat and animals. Below is a picture I snapped in 2006, while salmon fishing in beautiful Valdez.


Stupid Peta Tricks

16 06 2009

desktop_sea_kittens_petaPeta’s (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) launched a new campaign to label fish as “sea Kittens” to dissuade people from eating them. This is more asinine than any of their other campaigns. Including their George Clooney-flavored tofu. I would like to see “sea kittens” on a menu.