Gloucester fisherman upholds local tradition

Seems that up in Gloucester, the tradition is that you have to eat the heart of the first tuna you catch. Here's photographic proof.

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Wonder what that tuna went for?

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New Deal in Cambridge retails sushi grade tuna at about $20-plus per lb.

Figure 40% waste (bones, offal, skin) and you get about 450 pounds of tuna. At that weight that about $9K retail worth of fish. I think I could manage a bite or two of tuna heart for that.

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Maybe more

Fish skeletons don't need to fight gravity all day long like we do here on land, so they're probably a significantly lower fraction of total body mass.

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"about 40% of the total fish

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"about 40% of the total fish weight can be used as high quality meat."
http://www.naturemath.com/really-big-tuna/

"Tuna (headless bullets) yields 75% untrimmed loins"
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:uWgFE0WcMWQJ:seafoo...

Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna) Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery
Steaks - 50%, Sashimi 35%

Albacore Tuna Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery
39%

http://www.chefs-resources.com/Tuna-Varieties

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Sad..

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..to see them smiling next to that beautiful fish.

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Overfished?

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Ever hear of bluefish, or monkfish? Mackerel?

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Cod?

Any restaurant offering "local cod" is probably not a restaurant you want to give your business to, Icelandic cod is the way to go these days. Local has been obliterated.

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Buy local

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Plenty of places (New Deal, Court House, Farmers Markets CSAs) where you can ask the guy behind the counter where the fish came from and get a straight answer. There;s still lots of local, seasonal fish that you can find in your neighborhood f you take the time to get to know the guy who's selling it.

Places like Whole Paycheck, all bets are off.

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Whole Foods is sloppy

I can't get fish from there - I'm allergic to some types and they just slop it all over in sloppy stacks. No thanks. I'm much happier with the local fishmongers.

There is a CSA for seafood out of Gloucester - I don't have the details.

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Did someone

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Did some call Mrs Paul and invite her?

How about the Gorton's Fishermen?

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