'fishing' on Serious Eats

Video: Fishing in Sri Lanka After the Tsunami

If you drive down the southern coast of Sri Lanka, you may see fishermen sitting out on wooden, homemade poles about 100 yards off the shore. These are the stilt fishermen. Many of them lost family members to the tsunami of 2004, but they all make it back to the ocean each day to fish for their survival. Watch this heartbreaking and inspiring story. More

Video: Carp Invasion

Asian carp are quickly becoming the invasive species to beat. They are showing up and taking over in rivers across the country and threatening native species by out-competing fish for plankton. We met with a fisherman on the Peoria River in Illinois who was tackling some carp. More

Video: Mussel Farming in the Pacific Northwest

In the latest video from Food Curated's Liza de Guia, we meet mussel farmer Gordon King. He farms 1.25 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels—an especially meaty-plump kind of mussel that's sought after by chefs—per year on the southern end of Washington's Puget Sound. He also looks like a brawnier version of Sean Connery, which is kind of what you'd hope for in a mussel farmer, right? Listen to him talk about harvest season in this video. More

Video: Farming Geoducks in the Pacific Northwest

Ever heard of geoducks? First of all, they're pronounced gooey-ducks. The prehistoric-looking and, well, pretty ugly shellfish, are native to the Pacific Northwest and fascinating creatures. Though tough to raise (it involves hours of hunched-over farming), they've been called the prime rib of clams. Liza de Guia of Food Curated tried some for the first time on her recent trip to Washington state. "I can honestly say as a seafood lover I felt like I had been missing out my whole life." Watch the video to learn more about geoducks. More

19 Percent of Gulf Now Closed to Fishing Because of Oil Spill

From CNN: "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shut down fishing in 19 percent of the Gulf over which the federal government has jurisdiction, NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco said. That's up from 10 percent that NOAA had ordered closed to fishing Monday. The agency had closed 8 percent of the portion of the Gulf under federal jurisdiction Friday." More

The Fish in Filet-O-Fish Sandwiches at Risk

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] Most deep-fried fish sandwiches from chain restaurants--including Denny's, Long John Silver's, and most certainly McDonald's--use hoki, a pretty ugly, bug-eyed fish found deep in the waters around New Zealand. But that may change, according to this New York Times piece. Drops in hoki spawn and damaged ecosystems have inspired the World Wildlife Fund to fight for reduced hoki fishing. In response, the New Zealand ministry has cut the allowable commercial catch quota from roughly 275,000 tons to 100,000 tons, which means McDonald's had to shrink its usual consumption of about 15 million pounds of hoki to 11 million pounds per year. "It could go up if the quota goes up," said McDonald's senior director of global... More

I Know This Fish: Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, from Water to Table

Note: Today, a quick post that really evokes a sense of place. Food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule takes us on a fishing expedition in Alaska. Enjoy! —AK Photographs by Cheryl Sternman Rule When the server set the salmon carpaccio in front of me, I felt like whispering in her ear. "Just so you know," I’d say, "this fish and I have met before." And it was true. A day earlier, on Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska, I’d bore witness as the commercial fisherman on whose boat I was riding netted three sockeye, pulled out their gills, and tossed them to the bottom of her bow-picker. There was blood, yes, but there was also something beautiful about the process—its simplicity.... More

Snapshots from Italy: Lunch on an Adriatic Fishing Boat

Editor's note: Serious Eats correspondent Carey Jones, eating her way around Italy, will be reporting back from Rome, Bologna, Tuscany, and Puglia. My mental image of a Southern Italian fishing boat looks something like this: The seaside town of Molfetta, far down Italy’s eastern coast, has fed off the Adriatic waters for millennia—for most of that time, probably from little wooden boats like these. Records of a fishing village at this site date back as far as the fourth century B.C.; and while Molfetta gained later prominence as a Mediterranean trade hub and manufacturing town, fishing remains a healthy industry. Indeed, throughout the region of Puglia—the heel of Italy’s boot—food production continues to be an anchor of the local economy.... More

Photo(s) of the Day: Corey Arnold's Amazing Fish-Work Photography

The striking images above are by Corey Arnold, whose website bio reads as such: Corey Arnold is a photographer and Alaskan crab fisherman. During October, January and February he can (or cannot) be found aboard the F/V Rollo in the Bering Sea. The rest of the year is packed with travel, gallery exhibitions, magazine and ad photography assignments with a bit of backyard gardening, cat maintenance, and skateboarding in Portland, Oregon. Arnold's photos from his Fish-Work series go on view tomorrow at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon (134 NW 8th Avenue, Portland OR 97209; map; 503-287-3886), and will be up through December 20. [via Sullivan]... More

Salmon Questions for an Alaskan Fisherman

Longtime fisherman Randy Hartnell; photo from Vital Choice My Alaskan friend recently shipped me ten pounds of fresh salmon he caught in the Kenai River. Not a bad cardboard box to find waiting on your doorstep. My first batch—cooked with lemon, sea salt, and pepper— was so tasty, I wanted to jump up and down and invent a happy dance called "The Salmon." Unlike the light pink, over-boiled salmon at Ikea (sorry Ikea)—and most salmon of my childhood (sorry Mom)—this one was a deeper, almost-red shade. Why is Alaskan salmon so much better? To understand, I went to Randy Hartnell, a longtime Alaskan fisherman and founder of a wild fish and berries company called Vital Choice. After over twenty... More

Fishing Bait Vending Machine

Give a man a fish, they say, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he'll eat forever—as long as he has bait. Continuing our series of wacky food-vending machines is this one, sent in by my friend Sydney. She says, "This was bizarre. My cousin took a photo of a bait-vending machine in Idaho. Somehow I thought it would be of some strange interest to you and your Serious Eats compatriots." It is. Yeah, it's not directly food-related, but I think I've made my point on how it can indirectly score you some food. I think my dad will like this post, as will you, HunterAnglerGardenerCook. Related Eggs from a Vending Machine Coca-Cola Vending Machine Robot... More

Southern Foodways: Fishing Florida's Forgotten Coast

Southern Foodways appears on Fridays as part of our collaboration with the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization based in Oxford, Mississippi, that "documents and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the American South." Dig in! From left: Florida fishermen Tommy Ward and A. L. Quick After the long, hot bi-valveless summer, it is time to anticipate and then savor platters filled with glistening briny fresh oysters. Can’t get a table at your favorite seafood place tonight? Then, celebrate the start of oyster season with a virtual trip to Apalachicola, Florida. Meet the men and women who have long worked the water, tonging for oysters, casting nets for shrimp and fish, and cultivating soft-shell crabs on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. People have... More

I'll Have the Bluefin Tuna, Please. Sorry, the Ocean Just Ran Out

The European Union has just ordered its members to stop reeling in bluefin tuna for the rest of year. Here's how the New York Times is interpreting this: That may seem like a positive step toward saving the species, but it comes because the union’s fishing fleets have already caught their quota for the year — a quota that scientists say is twice as large as it should be.The most immediate practical impact outside the fishing industry falls on restaurant chefs faced with a sudden hole in their menus. The longer-term question is how to manage the world’s ever-deepening bluefin addiction. Do we have a bluefin tuna addiction? And are chefs worried about this?... More

When Dining Rooms Upstage Menus

Novel Noshing: When Dining Rooms Upstage Menus by Fodor's Katie Hamlin discusses six different restaurant concepts from around the world. Most of them are old hat (kitchen tables and conveyor belt sushi, especially) but I'd love to eat at the Fukuoka branch of the Zauo, The Fishing Boat Café chain, a restaurant that has "500 seats on two giant boats "anchored" side by side in the restaurant's massive indoor pond. After casting your pole (there is one stationed by each seat) and making your catch, your fish or lobster is wisked away to the kitchen for proper cooking." (There's also a Belgian restaurant that lifts your dining table 50 meters in the air, but I'm not really one for heights.)... More

Biggest Calamari Rings Ever!

Exciting news: "New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record-breaking colossal squid. Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb),took two hours to land in Antarctic waters. Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact. One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres." Wikipedia's Colossal Squid is fantastic, if you'd like to read more about the species. If you'd like to make dinner in honor of New Zealand's catch, Leite's Culinaria has Mario Batali's recipe for Stuffed Calamari on the Grill from his book Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages.... More

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