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Fresh Swordfish Supply from the Banks to the Mid-Atlantic

As the seasons change, so do the fishing grounds. Boston Sword & Tuna fishing vessels – the Iron Maiden and the Iron Lady – along with the local East Coast Fleet are now following the fresh swordfish through their natural migration. Winter weather marks the annual fresh swordfish quest to spawn in warmer waters before returning back to the North East by summertime to feed. The crews will be concentrating their efforts between the offshore mid-Atlantic ridge down to the Florida Keys between now and late spring.Fresh Swordfish

Fresh Swordfish From All Over

With the fishing grounds shifting from the Banks to the mid-Atlantic, the fresh swordfish supply will likewise experience a shift. Alongside the mid-Atlantic warm water fish we supplement our supply with, this is the time of year where sword from other parts of the world begin to emerge; including Australians, South Africans, and Costa Ricans amongst others.

The 1st of the year will initiate the annual trips to Hawaii to fish those waters, at which point we will integrate Hawaiian fresh swordfish into our supply. BST is currently receiving a lot of west coast fish from the California Fleet. The Iron Maiden and the Iron Lady are continuing their trips to warmer waters, which means we will be seeing more warm water fish.


Michael J. Scola

While earning his degree in business, Michael spent summers and winters working the floor at Boston Sword & Tuna and learning the seafood business from the ground up. As a fifth-generation fishmonger and handled different species, lumped sword and tuna, sorted through vats of haddock and cod, broke down salmon cases, graded the fish, and more. During this time, Mike was a veritable sea sponge, learning from the most-experienced seafood professionals in the game while acquiring the tools needed to be successful in this gritty industry.