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Market Update: Past, Present, and Future

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Supporting Sustainable Practices

Every month or so, we weigh in with an update on market conditions and the opportunities we see among the boats and fisheries with which we’ve built relationships. Most recently, we chatted about cod and haddock as they headed into the April-May-June season that kicks off their best availability of the year from the North Atlantic.

This time, we’ll step back from any particular kind of fish and take a wider look at the three ways we assess our sources to assure you not only of being able to order gourmet fresh seafood home delivery online, but also of supporting sustainable practices. We do this so that you know when you rely on Boston Sword & Tuna for the best fresh seafood online, you are being a good citizen of the seas, as we were brought up to be for the last five generations.

Annual Seasons

First, let’s consider the regular signposts of the year, the seasonality of catch that is more or less predictable. As your source for shellfish and online fresh fish delivery, we make a point of not becoming complacent about this, because conditions change, even year-to-year, and there are some trends in progress – like rising ocean temperatures and sea levels – that are very, very gradual, yet can affect the timing and nature of the catch nevertheless.

An example is right there in our name: swordfish. Our North Atlantic catch generally appears from April through November, with the heaviest catches in June, July, and August. And thanks to conservation measures we supported beginning in 1994, swordfish are considered one of the best-managed fisheries in the world.

Special Conditions

Right now, May through October, would ordinarily be seen as high season for cod. It remains that way, but our North Atlantic cod population is still rebounding from the impact of industrial-scale fishing across the globe decades ago. And so, as your sea to home online fish market, we are mindful to suggest haddock today, because it performs similarly in the kitchen and presents well at the table.

An Even Sharper Eye in the Future

The Marine Fisheries service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration funds a few projects that will enable us to keep an even closer eye on the sustainability of our fisheries in the future. The MAPP program currently supports eight, three-year studies that will greatly enhance the nation’s ability to produce seasonal predictions of sea levels and temperatures, and their resulting impact on what they call “living marine resources,” or what we call fish.

You can bet that we’ll be among the first to pay attention to those findings and on the new ways of knowing the conditions we have to observe for seafood sustainability. Boston Sword & Tuna is using five generations of commitment and know-how to become your own best fresh seafood market online.

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.