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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Jimmy Santapaola Jr. and his crew of the Amanda Leigh are setting out early this year for monkfish off of New London, CT. Their catch will be sold primarily to the foreign market and presented on tables stuffed whole.

 Monkfish live on the sea floor and can be found about 30 miles offshore this time of year. As the waters warm up in the spring they will go out about 70 miles. The 12″ mesh net used for trapping them will allow the small ground fish to swim through without being caught.

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 Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013
http://www.kathychapman.com

Fish On Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Heads or tails
Today we shot at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange where they were processing whole monkfish. The heads are going to NY for the Asian market and the tails will go to Canada.

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Photos and video © Kathy Chapman 2013
kathychapman.com 

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Today Kathy is sharing monkfish images. Romeo, the fish buyer for Connolly Seafoods,(www.steveconnollyseafood.com) is pictured at Cape Ann Seafood Exchange as he examines and comments on monkfish as the “poor man’s lobster”. Next image is a beauty shot of the wide smile. The second video is shot at Connolly, of the production line, showing the filleting and skinning of a monkfish tail.

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Color photo and videos © Kathy Chapman 2013
http:// www.kathychapman.com

Here are Marty’s photos of Romeo as he inspects the catch and selects his buy at Cape Ann Seafood Exchange. capeannseafoodexchange.com

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B+W photos © Marty Luster 2013
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So You Want To Learn About Fish Distribution In Modern Times Locally?

Let Your Boy Joey Explain it For You The Best Way I Know How- Through Pictures and Video

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Heather Atwood has been looking for a lead for her upcoming story which you will be able to read in her Wednesday Column in The Gloucester Daily Times.  So to help her sound like she somewhat knows what she’s talking about I was digging through the archives and found these posts from 2008 and sooner that many of our readers probably missed but are essential if you want to understand how fresh fish is distributed in Gloucester in modern times

Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Market Cod
Grading Fish Inside The Gloucester Seafood Display Auction Video
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Monkfish Tails
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction- Grey Sole
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction Diplay Floor Video
Getting Ready To Offload 4:45AM Gloucester Seafood Display Auction
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction With Paul Vitale Part II
Gloucester Dragger Angela Rose Gets Offloaded at The Gloucester Seafood Display Auction
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction-Hake

View From The Western Venture Wheelhouse

Monkfish At The New England Aquarium

Before The Gloucester Seafood Display Auction came along and we were handling fish we would handle tons of monkfish.  The boats would sometimes sell them whole and sometimes cut the tails.  When cutting off the heads they lose over half the weight of the fish but the price would go up a ton.  Some people say that monkfish tastes like lobster.  I think that’s a bunch of bull but hey they gotta sell this ugly sucker somehow.  they have it listed as goosefish on the tag at the aquarium but as long as I’ve been in the fish business I’ve never hearda single person in the industry ever refer to it as a goosefish, even the government reports we had to fill out listed them as monkfish.  Here’s the wikipedia page for monkfish

 

Lysa Leland’s Monkfish Seafood Throwdown Slide Show

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Neighbors Michael Tocantis, a Gloucester builder, and Niaz Dorry, director of NAMA, square off at the October 2, 2008 Seafood Throwdown at Cape Ann Farmers’ Market in Gloucester. Secret seafood: Monkfish!

(Thanks Niaz for the heads up)