The Iron Lady returned home to the Boston Waterfront Thursday, October 25, with approximately 30,000 pounds of fresh swordfish and tuna. She was gone for sixteen days, dock-to-dock, making twelve longline sets in the deep waters offshore the canyons south of Nantucket.
Fresh Swordfish & Tuna Catch
The 30,000 pound catch consists of a fairly even split between fresh swordfish and tuna. The majority of tuna reeled-in were yellowfin, with about 20% of them being large, high-value bigeye tuna. Like our swordfish, our tuna are immediately bled and iced, ensuring that they retain their peak freshness.
Fresh swordfish are available year round, but catches typically reach their climax in the fall when landings are still solid on the East Coast, and the California fishery – which runs from August to January – is in full swing. Each year at this time of the season both species are storing fat. In addition, they are both prolific and reside relatively close to shore. These conditions translate into some of the best quality and lowest priced swordfish and tuna of the year.
Sword and tuna prices are generally at their annual low point in the fall due to the transition period between summer and the holidays. Wholesale prices for headed and gutted fresh swordfish are under $5 per pound; while tuna prices range from $6 to $9 per pound, depending on the grade. The Iron Lady is returning to sea tomorrow, October 29, to fish in the same general area as it just returned from off the south shores of Nantucket.