Above: Bay caught sea bass
The salmon season is underway and how well it’s doing depends on who you’re talking to.
“It’s really hit or miss for salmon this season,” according to Hans Haverman of H & H Fresh Fish Company. “The salmon haven’t been affected by the drought, but the warmer ocean temperatures have them acting very weird. They’re all spread out.”
Sporadic catches translates into higher prices. “People used to buy salmon for a barbeque, now they’re buying it for their birthday celebrations,” says Hans. “The fish is in really good condition and they look and taste fantastic.”
Summertime favorites such as sea bass and halibut are beginning to arrive. Bay caught ling cod are expected soon. “We anticipate a lot of Bay-caught fish this summer. The sea bass and halibut are excellent choices for grilling,” according to Hans. “Shoppers at the farmers markets will have excellent choices all summer long.”
H & H Fresh Fish Company is the authorized buyer of all commercial catches for the Santa Cruz harbor, giving Hans and his customers the first and best crack at buying the day’s catches. Check out the freshest selection of whole fish and fillets at the Aptos and MPC farmers markets.