Danny Chae’s Big Game…..

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An amazing experience for the cooks and chefs alike. Yesterday we brought in a whole Nova Scotian Swordfish, 80lbs minus the head and tail.  This guy would have been in and around 100lbs. on the boat.  The fish was harpooned, the most eco-friendly way of fishing this species.

Chef JV giving it the “all clear”

The fish came from a cape island style 50 foot boat called the “Spoiled Brat”.  These are small boats, generally a 4-5 man crew.
This small family boat operated by father, son and friends is as small town as you can get.
I love supporting this small industry, very few restaurants do.  We are all to consumed by large companies all vying to sell for the cheapest price, with small margins, and large volume.  This kills the small guy; the families trying to sustain what their forefathers did for generations, the East Coast Canadian fisherman.
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The Atlantic Canada wild swordfish are deemed a great choice by Ocean Wise if hand line or harpoon caught.  The international swordfish fishing idustry is poorly regulated and should be avoided.  Go Canada!
Chef Danny Chae from Pure Spirits took on the task of breaking this guy down and did a fantastic job.
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taking off the collar

We will be featuring this beautiful fish through Cluny, Pure and El Catrin through out the weekend.
Mike Stafford from Cluny Bistro has an old mate that is a fisherman on a similar boat in the waters our fish came from.  Here’s a picture from his boat to show you the scale of these big game fish.

Nova Scotian Swordfish fisherman

A few weeks prior we took down a whole Canadian East coast Yellowfin Tuna.  Here’s a couple of pics.
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These fish were brought in by our supplier Fisherfolk. image001Who focus on supporting fisherman who are closest to the source and use fishing practices that maintain the balance of healthy ocean, lakes and local fishing communities.  They are committed to providing the freshest, highest quality, natural Canadian fish and seafood and in doing so respect the oceans, lakes, and fishermen.11214083_10152809441315947_3135877236462613354_n

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