For all the Gourmet cooks out there, we at Tidewater have heard
your requests for high quality rare and select pelagic fish for
your dining tables.
You can place a special GGF (Guam Gourmet Fish) order request with
us through email firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone 472-7876 or fax 653-6980, describing what you need and
when. Additionally, we can place customers on a list and when we
have the type and quality of GGF you desire we would contact you
through email/phone/fax to alert you on GGF availability. The GGF
pick-up is at the Tidewater store during regularly scheduled hours.
We will off-load many vessels over the course of several weeks sometimes
and not see even one swordfish. This
fish is well known and popular with the best hotel chefs but rarely
seen presented for the local consumer unless it is steaked and frozen
on the other side of the world, shipped to Guam and sold in the
big grocery store's frozen food section for big bucks. Pricing is
around $3.50/lb loin. We can quote firm prices once we make contact
and you let us know the specifics of your order.
Albacore is a type of tuna other than the more commonly off-loaded
Yellowfin Tuna (YF) and Bigeye Tuna (BE). Albacore are smaller (average
weight off-loaded whole by Guam longliners is 35 lbs each) with
a red/pinkish/white colored meat compared to the red meat of the
YF and BE. Albacore is a very versatile fish as it can be eaten
as sashimi, cooked or kelaguened. For
employees here at Tidewater, it's a bit of a Guam secret that, if
albacore is available, forget the other types, we'll take home a
piece of albacore. It's obviously not a secret to the big processors
in Asia and America that buy frozen longline tuna on a volume basis.
They all pay more for albacore than YF or BE and the reason is well
understood after eating it. We have never seen albacore offered
on Guam for sale to local consumers. Pricing is around $3.00/lb
loin. We can quote firm prices once we make contact and you let
us know the specifics of your order.
Grade Yellowfin (YF) and Bigeye (BE) Tuna:
As we've touched on from time to time in our daily
fish reports, the whole commercial longline industry on Guam is
centered on the quick air transport of fish caught in and around
FSM waters, with the goal being to get the highest grade fish on
each fishing trip (15 to 25 days per trip) to the large fish auctions
in Japan where the most money is paid for all this effort.
However, for those who want the best and can afford it, the same
high quality tuna can remain right here on Guam instead of being
sent to Japan. Be prepared for the sticker shock though...$15/lbs
loin is the ballpark and highly variable up or down depending on
Japanese auction levels. Also keep in mind, the smallest quantity
of high grade tuna we would have to specially purchase for you is
one whole fish weighing between 40 to 80 lbs which we would loin
out (approximately 50% yield) so 20 to 40 lbs of high grade loin
at $15/lbs comes out to between $300 to $600 minimum which most
certainly is not for everyday, but sometimes, maybe on a special
occasion, someone out there just wants the best.