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The Affable Fish That Are Always Welcome

The Affable Fish That Are Always Welcome

Firm, Flaky, Pleasant, and Mild

The most recent reports show availability of cod and haddock holding steady as we head into the April-May-June season, with haddock seen as a particularly good value. The New England Fishery Management Council recommended at the beginning of February that fisheries maintain “status quo” management procedures in the Gulf of Maine, and that minimum fish size for recreational fishing parties be raised from 22 inches to 24 inches for catches from George’s Bank, opening further the opportunities for professional fisheries in those productive and popular waters.

At Boston Sword & Tuna, our sustainability rating for cod and haddock remains “Good Alternatives” for ordering gourmet fresh seafood home delivery online. So, if you’ve been considering it, now’s a good time to buy fresh haddock fillets online or to buy cod fish online.

Good Company Anywhere

The firm, flaky texture of cod fish and haddock, and their pleasant, mild taste, call to mind a term we don’t hear nearly often enough anymore: affable. Used to be, a person you liked spending time with, whether at work or off-duty, might be described as affable, meaning pleasant, warmly polite, cordial, and easy to talk with. What an “affable” person might lack in star power, they more than made up in approachability and the comfort factor.

Pretty good description for cod and haddock, the go-to choice for fish-and-chips, or equally qualified under a Mediterranean sauce with capers or tapenade. This versatility makes them a favorite for our shellfish and online fresh fish delivery.

Different Names for Different Reasons

Known most everywhere else as whitefish, our North Atlantic cod and haddock are known around here as groundfish. The difference we say is that people who eat them named them for what they look like, while the people who catch them named them for where they live. New Englanders call cod, haddock, and a few other species groundfish because they are demersal; that’s how biologists describe the way the fish like to spend their time in the waters near the bottom.

The colder waters of the North Atlantic give cod and haddock a good home, including Iceland and the Scandinavian countries. As the best fresh seafood market online, our favorite fishing grounds for cod and haddock are the Gulf of Maine and George’s Bank, where the great fish mature at about 20 inches in length, or larger, and offer up broad, firm fillets.

Their Destiny is the Same

They are different species, cod and haddock, but their qualities are similar. Haddock is said by some to taste slightly sweeter, but the texture and consistency of both fish set them on the same destiny in most kitchens. A difference is observable between our North Atlantic groundfish and those caught in the Pacific. Here in the Atlantic, they are certainly larger and, in most cases, firmer.

Whether for cod and haddock or for a host of other seafood possibilities, Boston Sword & Tuna is ready to send fresh fish overnight to your door. We’re using five generations of commitment and know-how to become your sea-to-home online fish market.

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.