Oysters, Clams, and Mussels
Our Life on the Docks
Starting the job at dawn every morning makes a difference. It either takes its toll on your sleep or your nightlife. Your choice. But after five generations of getting down to the docks before dawn, you get the hang of it.
One thing that makes it worthwhile is getting your choice of the very best. That’s because the freshest, most flavorful fish that those cold North Atlantic fishermen could find arrive at the Boston Fish Pier at the crack of dawn, too, so we’ve got to be there – it’s just our way. The knowhow we gleaned from four decades trolling Boston’s docks are now used to select the finest seafood from sustainable sources around the world.
As our family grew, so did our business, and nearly 40 years ago the Scola family began making Boston Sword & Tuna the one-stop seafood source we are today. Immigrating from Sicily meant bringing along with them what they knew, and that was seafood.
From the docks of Sicily to the docks of Boston, BST started as a small company selling haddock from a work bench down the Pier, and eventually got a small facility. The idea was so successful that we moved down the road from the Pier to double our facility, and we’ve continued opening more doors to the world beyond.
How to Know When You Know
When we started more than five decades ago, we did this work to supply a few of Boston’s better restaurants and hotels, and eventually grew to supply major supermarkets. Now that airplanes and computers look like they’re here to stay, we thought it would be a good idea to offer the same quality to you as a sea to home online fish market, with speedy delivery right to your door. We want the entire country to experience and have access to the truly fresh, highest quality seafood that we enjoy here in New England.
Boston Sword & Tuna is happy to announce we will be releasing a weekly sales memo to keep our customers as updated and in-the-loop as possible. Dave Hopkins will be collecting a recent market analysis from the heads of all divisions and putting together a document for our sales team, which we will also post right here.
Being one of our premier products, we take a lot of pride in the swordfish we bring into our house. In order to maintain the best quality swordfish, we must adapt with the weather throughout the seasons and source from the best waters. Our current supply is outstanding quality with just the right type of variety our customers are consistently looking for.
The summer is obviously a huge season for seafood, but warm waters aren't always the best environment for quality with some species of fish, fresh swordfish included. That being said, the local North East waters of North America, especially Canada, are just the right temp during this time of year and become home to a gorgeous selection of fresh swordfish.
Aside from local and Canadian waters, we have been sourcing a large portion of our fresh swordfish inventory from Australia, where it is currently their winter and the waters also become an excellent home to some great swordfish.
Again, adapting with the weather throughout the seasons and being able to source product throughout the world with our experience and expertise is just another reason why Boston Sword & Tuna is one of the nations premier seafood suppliers. Our fresh swordfish is a token to this truth.
Does anyone else agree that this is hands down one of the best holidays / weekends of the year? We are all extremely fortunate (those of us in the U.S.) to live in America - and what better way to celebrate our American independence than with our friends and family eating and drinking. Naturally, a celebration of this caliber calls for an assortment of fresh seafood!
Fresh Seafood Appetizers
Keeping things simple and straying from the center of plate items (i.e. swordfish, tuna, salmon, lobster, scallops, haddock, etc.) we figured it would be most beneficial to suggest a few picker items to serve as fresh seafood appetizers throughout the day. Two standard favorites: clams and shrimp cocktail.
These fresh seafood dish picks are sure to impress and sure to satisfy. They provide the summer vibe we assoiciate with seafood and set the bar for party apps. Not only that, but they are both extemely easy to prepare. Here's what we suggest:
Clams: Cherrystone Clams Steamed in Wine With Parmesan Drizzle ----- (click hyperlink for instructions to cook this awesome fresh seafood dish)
Shrimp Cocktail: Frozen Campeche shrimp is honestly a go to item for us personally when we bring something home. They come ready for cooking - out of the shell - and are as easy to prepare as they are delicious. All you need to do is boil them in water and prepare a cocktail sauce. Simple as that.
Happy 4th of July and God Bless America!
Boston Sword & Tuna is happy to announce that we now offer a wide assortment of our fresh seafood products - retail ready in sealed tray packs - at the Burlington, MA Farmers Market.
Bringing Fresh Seafood to Burlington
Now a couple weeks in since our first showing, it has been a phenomenal success and we have received excellent feedback from all those who have stopped by to check out our fresh seafood. In fact, we have received offers from multiple other local farmer’s markets requesting that we set up our fresh seafood shops at their locations as well - keep your eye’s out!
Our tent at the Burlington farmer’s market is currently set-up every Thursday from 2:30PM - 6:30PM at the Burlington Recreation Department located at 61 Center Street. You can find us and our fresh seafood right out on the front lawn.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see some of you there!
This Popular Fresh Fish
Did you know Boston Sword & Tuna maintains steady supplies of Hawaiian staple seafood items? Wahoo, opah, hebi, tombo, nairagi, and blue marlin are all versatile, sustainable, fresh fish with great demand and ample supply.
Fresh Fish of Hawaii
Commonly known as ono in Hawaii, meaning “good to eat,” Wahoo flesh is whiter, flakier, and possesses a more delicate texture than that of other fast-swimming pelagic fish. Wahoo is often compared to Mahi.
Opah, known as the moonfish, is one of Hawaii’s most colorful commercial fresh fish species. It is part of the pelagic species and is typically found in deep waters. Opah flesh is rich in fish oil content and has excellent cooking versatility.
Tombo is Hawaiian albacore and a consumer favorite - a great fresh fish to mix up a summer menu. Likewise, Hebi is a Hawaiian spearfish similar to Wahoo and Marlin.
Nairagi, or striped marlin, is acknowledged as the best tasting of all marlin due to its tender flesh. Commercial landings in Hawaii reach their peak during the winter and spring and are lightest during summer months. The natural color of nairagi flesh varies from light pink to deep orange-red.
Blue marlin, on the other hand, has pale-pink flesh that appears white when cooked. The flesh is high in fat content, firm, and has a mild flavor. Marlin is a fresh fish best-served grilled, but is also great for other cooking methods.
BST is a direct supplier of Norwegian PF Cod, caught by longliners in the ice cold waters of Norway. These snow-white fresh fish fillets are readily available at moderate prices.
Fresh Fish of the Norwegian Region
Cod love the rough, cold waters of Norway and strong currents that keep the water supremely clean. The Norwegian longliners use the most modern, sustainable methods to fish the cod; and they catch the best cod on the market in the cold, clear waters of the Barents Sea in northern Norway. These methods and location make for unparalleled quality fresh fish.
The longline fresh fish are brought on board one-by-one, preventing any bruising and bloods spots. Once on on board it then gets bled alive, securing the freshness and delicate texture. The fresh fish is bled for a minimum of 20 minutes in clean, flowing water. This removes the blood and returns cleaner flavor, white color, and firmer meat. Next it is cut to gut the insides, both automatically and by hand, placed into a tank of fresh, cold sea water, and frozen to a minimum of -24° C.
Call us today for more info on this great product!
Boston Sword & Tuna recently added a new division to our “one-stop-shop.” For the past several months we have been introducing our new Wholesale Headfish Division to our customers and end consumers.
This wholesale headfish division includes smaller, day boat fish that come as whole head-on fish, hence the title, or are also available in fillets. These day boat headfish include both domestic and imported product.
Types of Our Wholesale Headfish
Amongst the versatile list of wholesale headfish included in this division, some of the most popular include:
- Black Seabass
- Silk Snapper
These wholesale headfish come at a highly appealing cost, making them an excellent valued product. Give us a call today and try something new!
Haddock are recognized as fresh groundfish as they live towards the bottom of the ocean. Haddock has a bit of a sweet taste to it, and a finer flake than cod. Raw haddock is white and becomes even whiter once cooked. Fresh haddock has a clean, white flesh and has excellent cooking versatility. The freshness of a haddock fillet can be determined by how well it holds together, with fresher groundfish fillets being the firmest.
Boston Sword & Tuna is a premier supplier of both fresh and previously frozen haddock. We are constantly sourcing the finest fresh groundfish products on the market; therefore, we maintain strong, long lasting relationships with our suppliers from Iceland, Canada, and right here in the U.S.
The Haddock of Our Fresh Groundfish Supply
Our current supply includes all of these products, with the Icelandic fillets available in market size (12/16+), and the Canadian / domestic products available in scrod / snapper size (6-8 / 8-12). Alongside our fresh groundfish products, we also offer a steady as they come previously frozen product (PF), which we source directly from Norway.
Call us today for more information on this delicious, staple seafood product!
Boston Sword & Tuna is proud to announce that we now offer high value fresh salmon portioning. This new fresh salmon item offers any fixed weight and fixed length our customers may want, enabling us to make all portions the exact size required to meet customer specs. Our customers and their customers alike can now notice savings on labor, waste, and an overall more consistent quality fish.
Fresh Salmon Portioning Technology
This past November we purchased and installed a Marel brand product, I-Cut 11 PortionCutter. This machine grants us easy and guaranteed accurate portioning of our products. Just like our whole and filleted fresh salmon products, all BST Salmon Portions are from our Norwegian Salmon custom D-Trim fillets. We are currently offering fresh salmon in 4oz, 6oz, and 8oz portions both skin-on and skinless; 100% exact size guaranteed.
Give us a call today to learn more about this high-quality, convenient product.
Boston Sword & Tuna has invested yet again in another machine to further adapt to our various customers' needs. This past November we purchased and installed a Marel brand product, I-Cut 11 PortionCutter. This machine grants us easy and guaranteed accurate fresh seafood portioning of our products. In other words, we now have the ability to distribute perfect Norwegian salmon portions, for example, to our customers in quantities ranging from samples to wholesale volume.
Fresh Seafood Taken to the Next Level
This machine is extremely accurate and leaves minimal waste, giving you the most out of each fillet. Furthermore, it is hygienic and very easy to clean; while also possessing the smallest footprint on the market. The technology involved in the machine is state-of-the-art, including an easy-to-operate touchscreen, a new laser vision system with a 200Hz camera that ensures extreme accuracy, high-speed portioning, remote service, and quick release belts for easy cleaning.
The I-Cut 11 PortionCutter is the ideal solution for high-value portioning of fresh seafood into fixed-weight and fixed-length portions. It has been designed with fresh seafood specific software to guarantee maximum return on investment, which further entails that our customers can enjoy savings on waste and labor costs.
BST customers now have access to perfect and fresh seafood portions, which is ideal for any restaurant or retail customers. Give us a call today to learn more about this machine and the many capabilities it has to offer!
Boston Sword & Tuna has recently been receiving shipments of outstanding fresh fish -- Alaskan PF Cod specifically -- which is longline caught and immediately frozen at sea. These snow-white fresh fish fillets are now readily available at moderate prices.
Fresh Fish Process
The longline fish are brought on board one-by-one, preventing any bruising and bloods spots. Once on on board it then gets bled alive, securing the freshness and delicate texture. The fresh fish is bled for a short period of time in clean, flowing water. This removes the blood and returns cleaner flavor, white color, and firmer meat. Next it is cut to gut the insides, both automatically and by hand, placed into a tank of fresh, cold sea water, and frozen to a minimum of -24° C.
We purchase this cod from the catcher/processor F/V Alaskan Leader; which is a 150 ft. freezer longliner built in 1991. This vessel was designed specifically to longline groundfish and process onboard. Alaskan Leader has been one of the top producers in the Bering Sea since its maiden voyage in 1991 and is also the 2nd largest longliner built in the U.S. with its sister ship the F/V Bristol Leader being the largest.
Did you know that Boston Sword & Tuna is a premier supplier of fresh Icelandic haddock? Although we also carry Canadian / domestic haddock, we move high volumes of Icelandic haddock and other fresh groundfish year after year. The sizes of fresh groundfish vary, but we typically offer anything from 8/12's to markets.
Fresh Groundfish Brought to the Top
Haddock are recognized as fresh groundfish as they live towards the bottom of the ocean. Haddock has a bit of a sweet taste to it, and a finer flake than cod. Raw haddock is white and becomes even whiter once cooked. Fresh haddock has a clean, white flesh and has excellent cooking versatility. The freshness of a haddock fillet can be determined by how well it holds together, with fresher fillets being the firmest.
Icelandic haddock is considered to be fairly isolated from surrounding haddock stocks due to the deep waters of the Denmark Straight to the west, the Faroe-Iceland channel to the south-east, and the Norwegian Sea in the east. Although haddock are a fresh groundfish found throughout Icelandic waters, the majority of supply can be found along the south and west coasts at depth less than 200 meters.