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When We Source Beyond the Atlantic

When We Source Beyond the Atlantic

It's a Matter of Trust

The long-lasting relationships Boston Sword & Tuna builds with its sources did not become less of a focus when we grew beyond the Boston Fish Pier. In fact, if anything, those relationships became even more important to being your sea-to-home online fish market. Knowing which boats to deal with, and which ones to avoid, was part of something that came so naturally to the family that it’s a good thing we finally became conscious of it.

There’s something more personal, more responsible, about being the ones who say, “This is good today.” The trust underneath that role goes all the way from the nets and the lines to the pier to the shop to the kitchen and to the table. The only way to make that trust “scalable” is to keep paying careful attention, even when that attention has to span distances to provide you with shellfish and online fresh fish delivery.

Beyond Our Shore, But Not Beyond Our Care

Becoming expert at sourcing from a distance was a skill we developed not only with solitary, migratory fish like swordfish, but even occasionally with the whitefish, or “groundfish” as we say in Boston, that are so abundant within five-to-seven-day voyages from here.

In the case of swordfish, there are times of year when they’ve swum south for the winter and are still in high demand at the table. So, when we go to expanded sourcing for swordfish, we tend to stick with boats and fisheries that land them with longlines, the way we do in the North Atlantic and in Hawaii. As authentic or even intrepid as harpooning might sound, we prefer longline-caught swordfish because they meet their end more peacefully, and we believe the texture of their meat reflects that.

Managing the catch of groundfish, too – such as cod, haddock, and flounder, – takes a degree of judgement that might be surprising given their general population. Cod, for example, was so abundant within the lifetimes of most of us that the annual catch was measured in the millions of tons. But because we look more closely than that, a far greater proportion of our groundfish catch today is haddock. This has enabled us to do our part in restoring the cod population and bringing it back from a period of over-fishing. Atlantic cod are still available in North Sea and Arctic waters from fisheries based in Norway, Iceland, and Greenland.

More Like Shepherding than “Farming”

Salmon is another example of several things we weigh when we source beyond our own shores. For Atlantic salmon, Norwegian fisheries have developed a capacity over the course of the past 30 years that is often called “farming.” We’re starting to prefer the term, “shepherding,” because these fisheries have worked hard to replicate the lifecycle salmon enjoy in the wild as closely as possible. They even have used selective breeding to develop true Atlantic salmon that respond even more positively to the kind of care the Norwegians provide.

This integrity is a good example of what we’re looking for when we reach out for sourcing, in order to consistently offer you gourmet fresh seafood home delivery online.

Whether near or far, we’re careful about where we source the fish we offer as your trusted source for shellfish and online fresh fish delivery, because we want 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.