Groupers are harvested year-round with peak Eastern seaboard and Gulf production in summer and fall. Characteristics: The extra lean white meat is firm and moist with large flake and a sweet, mild flavor. Additional shipping charges may be applied to your order and will be made against the payment method provided at the time of check out.
And according to Smithsonian, the name produce comes from the Ni squally Indian educ, which means “dig deep.” The produce clam uses its tiny foot to burrow into the seafloor and sand as it grows. In fact, I remember being dubious when my friend Been told me about Sushi Tom.
The clam hit my tongue, and I was transported to the Pacific Ocean. Geo duck does have a slightly chewy texture, or course, it’s a clam, but it is also super tender and a little nutty in flavor.
You can find produce in the Pacific Northwest, think Washington State and British Columbia, but related species are also found from Argentina to New Zealand and Japan. Seafood Watch and Environmental Defense Find rate Geoduck the best choice and a good alternative.
There’s a YouTube link in the show notes so you can see Geo duck harvesting in action. I also included a YouTube video showing how a Geo duck is cleaned and served in Japan.
And remember the minimal weight of a produce clam is two pounds. Taylor Shellfish harvests and ships about 700,000 clams annually.
PVC pipes and nets float away, storms toss the netting ashore, the farming itself disrupts other marine creatures and birds who rely on that habitat. But for now, your best bet is to find that awesome sushi bar and enjoy.
Let’s take a quick break and I’ll be right back with G if for Grouper. If you’ve ever been to Florida, any of the Gulf coast states or any of the islands in the Caribbean, I’m betting you ate a grouper sandwich.
Pan seared or grilled with a kiss of salt, pepper and olive oil, topped with a dollop of garlic aioli and nestled between a warm, soft toasted bun takes me straight back to blue skies, soft sandy beaches, and palm trees. I’m sure I ate more grouper than any other species of fish when I lived in the Florida Keys for ten years.
It’s a versatile fish and because of its meaty texture and thick flakes, grouper is suited for the oven, the grill, or the stove top. There were other species like the gag, scamp, yellow mouth, yellow fin, and the great Goliath grouper to mention a few.
They like to burrow under rocks and let me tell you, I’ve cut more lines because a stubborn grouper just wouldn’t budge. Now it’s worth noting that ecologists and fishermen agree, that many grouper populations are threatened by overfishing.
According to both Seafood Watch and Environmental Defense Fund, Warsaw, snowy, yellow edge and longline-caught gag grouper are poor choices because of overfishing and declines populations. And I know that’s a relative term, so don’t be shocked at $20-25 per pound prices.
For years, the food service industry has been dealing with a copycat fish, called base, an Asian catfish that resembles grouper in appearance. And if you didn’t know, restaurants operate on super slim profit margins.
While seafood fraud, in general, has been going on for decades, and for those illegal and unscrupulous fishermen and brokers trying to dupe customers and the industry, chefs, scientists, innovation, and technology are working to change the tides. For instance, the University of South Florida scientists developed a hand-held device called Grouper Check which identifies the type of fish you’re eating.
And while this system is not available for the consumer, it’s the perfect tool for the supply chain distribution and chefs where much of the challenges lie. Now if you don’t want to eat grouper or never see it at the market, but still want a meaty thick white fish sandwich, try red snapper or mahi-mahi as a sustainable substitute.
So much of what defines sustainable seafood has to do with where your fish comes from and the method of catch. Now if you find grouper at the end of your rod or at the market and need a recipe, I added two links in the show notes.
Remember to store your fish in the coldest part of the refrigerator and cook it within a day or two. Otherwise, pop it in the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator 24 hours prior to cooking.
A 16-year-old girl who went deep-sea fishing recently for only her second time, reeled up an estimated 583-pound Goliath grouper, which dwarfs the women’s world record for the species. “I was, like, in shock pretty much,” Reagan Werner told the Trinities Pioneer Press on Saturday.
Werner, who is from Farmington, Minn., was fishing May 31 near Marco Island off Florida with her brother, mother, and stepfather. “These things have amazing power,” Paul Hartman, Werner’s stepfather, told the Pioneer Press.
According to the International Game Fish Assn., the heaviest Goliath grouper caught by a woman weighed 366 pounds. Thanks to the longstanding harvesting ban, the population is growing and larger fish are again being encountered by scuba divers and catch-and-release anglers.
Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting fun facts and statistics about this popular fish. You can find a range of types of grouper based in the Atlantic and the Gulf.
Some of them include the scamp, black, snowy, gag, red, Warsaw, yellow fin, and speckled hind. The Goliath Grouper is found off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic, as well.
However, for sport anglers out there, keep in mind that this particular type of grouper is protected. When people think about fish that they don’t want to meet while they are in the water, sharks are probably the top on that list, perhaps followed by barracuda.
Take the video that you can find online from 2014 that shows a Goliath grouper rising right out of the depths and swallowing a… wait for it… Blacktop shark. It circles the shark for a bit and then snatches it right out of the water before the angler can bring it on the boat.
Since you now know that there are different types of grouper, this question becomes a bit more difficult to answer. This fish can grow up to 7.5 feet long and it can weigh more than 440 pounds.
Try to work with a charter that knows and understands what it takes to successfully catch groupers. The Goliath grouper, capable of growing to 800 pounds, bobs around the reefs and swallows the occasional crab or passing fish.
As fishermen tell it, these marine blimps hover in wait of easy meals, parking themselves next to fishing boats and snatching someone else's hard-won catch off the line. They face strong opposition from environmentalists, divers and some scientists, who relish the opportunity to see these enormous, surprisingly curious fish just a few hundred yards from South Florida's condo towers.
“If you sit still, they'll come to you and see what's going on,” said Kevin Metz, owner of Underwater Explorers of Boynton Beach, whose business from August through October consists almost exclusively of taking divers to see Goliath groupers at a submerged wreck. For anglers, watching in dismay as Goliath groupers swallow their catch, the huge fish are as charming as that friend who always seems to show up around dinner time.
His eyeball was the size of a baseball, and its mouth was so big it could’ve eaten a small child.” Brian Sanders of Davie has taken famous South Floridians including former Miami Dolphins' linebacker Zach Thomas and former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fishing for Goliath.
Written comments to the wildlife commission in support of allowing them to be taken again describe similar experiences. Whether to allow them to be killed, the wildlife commission has received 439 written comments so far, the majority from fishermen who blame the resurgence of Goliath groupers for a decline in the number of other fish.
“They eat massive amounts of reef fish to maintain and grow to these huge weights. But Christopher Koenig, a biologist at Florida State University who studies the Goliath grouper, said his research on their diet refutes the idea that they have much impact on reef fish, whether grabbed from fishing lines or through the Goliath grouper's own enterprise.
Known until 2001 by the politically incorrect name “Jewish,” the Goliath grouper had sustained a sharp decline due to overfishing for its meat, the loss of coastal habitat for young fish and the inherent vulnerabilities of a long-lived species that takes years to reach sexual maturity. The species is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global authority on the status of wildlife populations.
“Recent stock assessment indicates abundance in South Florida has greatly increased since the fishery closed in 1990,” said Amanda Valley, spokeswoman for the wildlife commission. “While a limited harvest of smaller-sized fish in south Florida is unlikely to harm the population, the FCC also wants to take into consideration stakeholder perspectives.
Sylvia Earle, one of the world's foremost marine biologists, who was named a Hero for the Planet by Time magazine, strongly supports keeping the ban, saying that living Goliath groupers are ecological treasures that support a growing tourism industry. “The spawning aggregations of these huge fish have grown in the past decade and divers now come from all over the world to see the magic, which in turn supports ecotourism in Florida,” she said in comment emailed to the Sun-Sentinel.