November 5, 2012 in Seasonal Wild Catch
Date: Friday, April 26th, 2013
Place: COOK at 253 S. 20th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19103
This Event is SOLD OUT! Please contact COOK to request another Otolith Sushi Lesson Event.
Otolith’s hands on sushi lesson event includes an introduction to the art and preparation of sushi, instruction and demonstration for rolling your own Uramaki, Hosomaki and Futomaki, condiments, tools and ingredients such as King salmon, Dungeness crab, Sablefish and assorted vegetables necessary for each participant to roll and make three individually designed sushi rolls plus warm organic green tea and mochi ice cream dessert. All participating guests are welcomed to keep their sushi rolling mats and chop sticks.
October 16, 2012 in Seafood For Thought
Otolith appreciates the Mariposa Coop for their diverse selection of highest quality food available. More than occasionally at Otolith we need a snack bar to keep us nourished on a busy day. Not all snack bars are created equal. Too much sugar is not our thing. And too much oats and puffed rice are just another way filling our stomach without nourishing our mind and body. The bars we like are available at Mariposa. It is a terrific market for buying the most healthful convenient snack bars made from responsible ingredients that taste delicious. Mariposa also sells a large variety of ethnic and local nutritious ingredients to satisfy any hungry dinner appetite.
Imagine our surprise when Otolith Sustainable Seafood started to distribute our wild additive free sushi-grade fish products at Mariposa Market Coop in West Philly and we saw salted cod for sale at Mariposa too! This is a very big deal Philadelphia. It might not be Otolith’s cod, and Otolith, does have many great fish now available at Mariposa however, it is an adventure to find your own recipe for bacalao [salt cod] or any fish that matches your taste and give it a whirl. All romesco ingredients can be purchased at Mariposa too! The Salvador Dali exhibit may be over but it is never too late to look his work up online and create an inspired authentic meal at home in West Philly.
Now you can buy Otolith’s Coho and Sockeye Salmon, Halibut, Flounder, Rockfish and Sablefish at Mariposa. Otolith Sustainable Seafood has online recipes for all of our wild seafood. Isn’t it nice to have access to so many excellent healthful ingredients. We think it is too!
Mariposa Food Coop; West Philly’s Neighborhood Grocery Store, 4824 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA ; 215-729-2121. Mon-Friday 10am-9pm; Sat-Sunday 10am-8pm.
June 1, 2012 in Seafood For Thought
The following opinion is in response to the recent New York Times article, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/opinion/eat-your-hake-and-have-it-too.html.
Sustainable wild fisheries are the result of healthful fish, responsible exploitation, self-sustaining cycles of new harvesters replacing the oldest harvesters, and a consistent range of abundant biomass within the fishery food-chain. In the minds of wild seafood aficionados like myself, sustainable fisheries are the dream that contrasts our present reality. Fisheries continue to buckle under the consolidation of more efficient gear and larger scale harvesters, the average age of fisherman continues to rise as less men and women find economic security in serving their fellow fish consumers by catching wild fish, governments continue to subsidize factory fishing operations inspite of its consequences, fishery managers remain unable to effectively protect the biomass of fish on the lowest rungs of our fishery food-chain assuring the inevitable collapse of more valuable species that exist higher up the food-chain, and many people remain uncertain about the healthfulness and presence of heavy metals in their wild fish and shellfish.
Now that there is no misunderstanding about what constitutes a sustainable fishery, we can discuss how to encourage behaviors that will take us closer to our goal, if in fact sustainability is the goal. To that point, all states that have a commercially exploited fishery within their jurisdiction either have a constitutional amendment that includes the protection of its fisheries for the benefit of long term sustainable yield or not. Therefore, the most “apparent conservation benefits from the refusal of consumers to buy [those] over-fished species” is the continued focus on wild fisheries, furthermore perhaps opportunities may increase for new educated minds to become involved in the ongoing effort to make the dream of sustainable fisheries come true.
Additionally, otter trawl fishing gear produces the majority of haddock [in Maine], while the remainder of the catch is taken with [less efficient] longlines or gillnets. Assuming that since fisheries had never before experienced the current threat of overfishing until the use of trawl fishing gear became widespread, it could be that consumers refusal to to buy fish that is almost exclusively harvested by trawlers or that is not traceable to its harvesters is an act of protest against trawling.
To conclude, a better goal for NOAA might be to rebuild over-fished species back to levels that had existed prior to overfishing. Using inconcise language such as ‘healthy’ to describe populations of over-fished species is no less useful than labeling an entire species as “Red Listed”. Otolith applauds the state of Alaska for constitutionally protecting its fisheries. After establishing a brand that identifies fish harvested against all odds and in consideration of the greatest efforts to date toward the goal of achieving sustainable fisheries, I would welcome the opportunity to do more for our fisheries. Someday there can be far fewer trawlers and more skilled fishermen, much less plastic in our oceans and more fish surviving to maturity, more laws to protect our renewable fishery resources and the healthfulness of our fish, and less regulations that serve only to increase the challenges to sustainable harvesters.
“I have a Dream”, Dr. Martin Luther King; me too.