To the right is a photo of one of the cages that has been pulled aboard the boat. Using scrapers and power washers the tiny creatures that have hitched a ride will be cleaned away so that the oysters inside the cage will be able to feed and prosper. The accepted term for these type of intruders is bio-fouling. The cages are suspended off bottom and inside are Umami and Quonset Oysters that we carry at BlackSalt. The Quonset oysters are typically a little larger than the Umami Oysters and are named after a Navy metal structure that has a round metal roof and was typically built by the Navy Seabees. These structures still dot the Rhode Island landscape, though the Navy presence has been decreased. The waters here produce oysters that are very flavorful, with hints of vegetable, savory, brine and a nuttiness that finishes clean and sweet.
To the left, a beautiful oyster from the cage, nascent in its stage of life, very soon it will come to a raw bar near you full of flavor and good times. To the right, some of the mussels or bio-fouling cleaned from the outsides of the cage. Hey, no one gets a free ride!
|Porgy being landed|
will be graded and separated and then sold. Usually fish comes into harbor in the morning and goes out that same day. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Thanks again to the people at AMH and Town Dock, especially Patrick and Laura. We had a great time visiting your top notch facilities and seeing all the quality product. Its great to see companies doing the right things and producing great shellfish and fish.