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Live Spiny Lobster Back at Catalina Offshore!

By Rebecca Gardon In California, fall marks the beginning of our local lobster season, which typically opens the last Wednesday of September or the first Wednesday of October and runs for 6-1/2 months. California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. …

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A Federal Ban on Bluefin is Not the Answer

By Rebecca Gardon The king of tuna sashimi, Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) is finding its way onto “do-not-eat” lists due to the species being overfished on a global scale. As a result, the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced that it’s considering a Federal ban on recreational and commercial …

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Meet the Fisherman: Swordfish Specialist, John Hett

By Rebecca Gardon Swordfish have a wide distribution and are fairly resilient to fishing pressure. According to the latest stock assessment, swordfish in the southwest Pacific are not overfished and overfishing is not occuring. Although harpoons and handlines are used infrequently in the commercial swordfish fisheries, these catch methods result in little to no bycatch. …

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Baja’s Nautilus Oysters (Japanese Oysters) Arrive at Catalina Offshore Products

By Rebecca Gardon “This is the best oyster discovery I’ve had in the last 10 years. I’m an East Coast guy and I love my Malpeques. That’s why it almost pains me to say how incredible this new oyster is from the west coast of Baja!”– Chris Nelson, Chef Advocate; previously Food & Beverage Manager …

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Meet the Chef: Lance Seeto Creates South Pacific Culinary Excellence at Castaway Island, Fiji

By Rebecca Gardon With a renaissance in South Pacific cuisine firmly underway, Executive Chef Lance Seeto of Castaway Island Resort, Fiji, has become a one-man ambassador of Fiji flavor. An award-winning international food & travel writer, author, television presenter and life foods chef, he is credited with igniting a culinary revolution across Fiji and has …

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