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Old 05-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #11
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As a general statement, "season" when it comes to fish refers to the time period it is legal to harvest. Closed season is to allow for the fishery to recover. Without the closed seasons, the fishery will be devastated and possibly become none existant. Ask Haiti and Jamaica what happens if you just keep harvesting.
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Some types of seafood have limits, others have physical characteristics that only take place seasonally -- like soft shell crabs. Some people claim lobster is best in the early summer.

The oyster thing was more about refrigerated transportation and is no longer true.
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oh, i just remembered one more seasonal thing: amaebi, or raw sweet shrimp for sushi/sashimi. you only can get them in january.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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soft shell crab season is nearly here. in about a month or so.

and while harder shell lobsters taste better, i don't mind eating the softer shelled summer ones. the meat is easier to get to, and they're a few dollars less per pound so you get to eat more.

and the months with an r thing had to do mostly with refrigeration, or lack thereof years ago. while yes, there are red tides during the summer, any fishmonger would know about a bloom and stop selling the affected species. otherwise, we enjoy oysters all summer. besides, oysters can come from all over. from canada (pei malpeques), to new york (blue points), washington state (hama hama), france (belon), and japan/north pacific (kumamoto).

i doubt all of them are affected by blooms at the same time.
You are so right bt about the Red Tide. We will hear about it up on the North Shore around Ipswich yet it hasn't reached down here at all. In fact it may take as much as a week for it to come this far south. That is if it doesn't die out before then.

I have to admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to lobster. I grew up on them and by now am sick of them. So if I should have to eat one out of politeness, I would rather it be a winter one. Come August, their shells are so soft, you can rip open the body part right up the middle with your hands.

FWIW, for Mother's Day, my SIL bought four lobsters for my daughter. Two went into the large lobster pot, and the other two were cut right down the middle and stuffed with the meat of the first two along with chopped shrimp, scallops and clams. She was one happy girl. Her husband did all the prep work and cooking. Now that is a Mother's Day she will remember.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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I am now more educated than I was. Thanks. Besides, I'm more of a Great Lakes, freshwater kind of guy, though I love me a bit of seafood, when I can afford to pay the outrageous prices around here.

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:19 PM   #14
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I am now more educated than I was. Thanks. Besides, I'm more of a Great Lakes, freshwater kind of guy, though I love me a bit of seafood, when I can afford to pay the outrageous prices around here.

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Some of the happiest days I ever had were when my youngest one was just an infant. I had a neighbor who loved to freshwater fish. All I know is that he always aimed for the rocks with his line. Me? I just dropped my line in the water and what ever got caught he got to take home to his wife and family for supper. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just happy to sit on the bank and let whatever was going to happen, happen. I would have been just as happy with a bamboo pole and a safety pin. He was happy for the quiet company. And my son was getting plenty of fresh air. Now that is my idea of fishing.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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I do not agree with you, Jennyema.
I used to eat every fish my supermarket was selling, till I went to live in a fishing place.
My neighbors are all fishermen and I learned from them fish has seasons, the same way fruit has.
Yes, cod could be OK all year round, but you cannot eat sardines in winter, for example. Yes, sardines are in the supermarkets in December but...the taste isn't the right one.
About the R rule for shellfish, it's a safety rule. Since we mainly eat shellfish raw, it's better to avoid them in summer.
I live in a fishing place.

It's perfectly fine to eat oysters in July. It is not unsafe.

Cod is fished year round.


Seafood "seasons" sometimes involve governmental fishing rules and other times something specific to the sea creature in question - molting, feeding habits, etc.
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and also what craig c said about breeding and recovery times.

he knows his fish.

that's why he's craig "sea"...
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I live in Galicia, in northern Spain, and they fish for shellfish (mussels, clams, cockleshell) just in front of my house.
We are having a very bad Red Tide since mid March, so I don't think the 'R' rule has anything to do with the Red Tide.
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I live in Galicia, in northern Spain, and they fish for shellfish (mussels, clams, cockleshell) just in front of my house.
We are having a very bad Red Tide since mid March, so I don't think the 'R' rule has anything to do with the Red Tide.
That is a long time for the Red Tide to last. We are right on the Gulf Stream so for here in Boston, it is pulled out pretty fast. Maybe one or two weeks at the longest. And you are right about the R rule. In fact, that is no longer a rule with todays refrigeration and fast transportation.
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I'm having a dozen oysters tonight at ICOB before attending Biston Bites Back*

May doesn't have an R in it so if I don't check in here in awhile, you'll know why...



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That is a long time for the Red Tide to last. We are right on the Gulf Stream so for here in Boston, it is pulled out pretty fast. Maybe one or two weeks at the longest. And you are right about the R rule. In fact, that is no longer a rule with todays refrigeration and fast transportation.
Yes, usually the Red Tide lasts 2-3 weeks, I don't know what's happening.

Refrigeration is good, but you cannot eat raw shellfish after they have been frozen! The taste is gone.
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