2016 Season Now Open!

Sign up by Tuesday June 7th for our early bird special: $16 per pound of fish fillets locked in for the whole season. After the 7th, prices will go up to $17 per pound

We are excited for our fourth season operating in New York City! The coastal waters are warming up, enticing fish back inshore where our small boat NEW YORK fishermen can catch them.

We look forward to another year of super fresh seafood (rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium as sustainably caught) such as bluefish, black sea bass, flounder, fluke, squid, swordfish, monkfish, and yellowfin tuna.

Hope to see you soon!

Matt and Gaya

Owners, Big City Fish Share

Sign Up for Fall Season Now!

The best fishing in New York happens in the fall when the coastal waters cool off and a higher diversity of fish species show up in the nets. Sign up now and enjoy healthy, delicious, local, and sustainably caught seafood from New York waters near Montauk.

Swordfish Hunk!

Our 2015 season has seen a good variety of fish species, including fluke, flounder, swordfish, mahi, bluefish, and striped bass. The season will run until Thanksgiving, so there is plenty of time to try some great seafood, including littleneck clams and oysters.

Don’t worry if you are out of town, you can easily put your account on hold through our website. Any money left in your account at the end of the season will be retuned to you by check.

Hope to see you this fall! Sign up HERE.

Matt and Gaya, Owners, Big City Fish Share

Littleneck Clams with Parsley and White Wine

2015 Season Now Open!

Sign up by Sunday June 7th for our early bird special: $15 per pound of fillet fish locked in for the whole season. After the 7th, prices will go up to $17 per pound.

We are excited for our fourth season operating in New York City! The coastal waters are warming up, enticing fish back inshore where our small boat NEW YORK fishermen can catch them.

We look forward to another year of super fresh seafood (rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium as sustainably caught) such as bluefish, black sea bass, flounder, fluke, squid, swordfish, monkfish, and yellowfin tuna.

Hope to see you soon!

Matt and Gaya

Owners, Big City Fish Share

2014 Season Now Open!

The water is warming up and our New York small-boat fishermen have returned. Sign up by June 8th and save $2 per pound* on your order!

As usual, we are only offering New York seafood (1 or 2 pound weekly shares) caught sustainably as rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. The seafood is generally caught on Thursday and to you by Saturday morning. For details check out our website.

We are offering two CSA-style drop sites this season, one in the Financial District (NAM Office at 223 Front Street) and the other in Carroll Gardens (Transit Garden at 2nd Place and Smith Street). We will also be selling seafood at the monthly New Amsterdam Market.

We hope to see you soon!

Matt and Gaya
Big City Fish Share

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BCFS Now Delivering in the Financial District!

We are now offering home delivery in the financial district until we secure a drop-off site. We will make weekly deliveries to your door between 10AM and 11AM on Saturdays, starting August 3rd. SIGN UP BY NEXT WEDNESDAY JULY 31st.

Our delivery boundaries are Brooklyn Bridge south to Battery Park and from the East River over to Broadway. Once we have secured a convenient drop-off site in the financial district you will be able to pick up your share from the new location (from 10AM-12PM), but until then you can benefit from our special home delivery service.  Sign up on our website if you are interested!

We are offering one or two pound shares of fillet fish at $16 and $32.  Going out of town? We have features that let you pause your share so you don’t miss any spectacular seafood!

Matt and Gaya
Big City Fish Share

Fried Wild Oysters with Arugula–yum!

BCFS at New Amsterdam Market!

Big City Fish Share will be selling super-fresh, local, and sustainable seafood at the New Amsterdam Market on Sundays in November

MANHATTAN, NY – Big City Fish Share (BCFS) will start selling locally sourced seafood at the New Amsterdam Market for the first time in November, giving New Yorkers a chance to choose from a range of seasonal seafood sourced from their state.  The BCFS team will be at the market from 11 am to 4 pm, offering a seasonally changing range of seafood such as: yellowfin tuna, scup, black sea bass, summer flounder/fluke, striped bass, squid.

“Demand for the pick-up services we have been running since September was fantastic, we found New Yorkers really wanted to know where their fish is coming from, who caught it, how, and when,” says owner Matt Gove. “By selling at the market we can give a broader range of New Yorkers more choice in the seafood they consume” he added.

BCFS is only providing seafood listed as sustainable by Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch program and the Blue Ocean Institute. The seafood will come from small-boat fishermen based in Three Mile Harbor and Montauk, near the tip of Long Island.

BCFS will resume its CSF next spring. CSFs are based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, where customers pre-pay for a set amount of weekly deliveries of local produce. BCFS offers a weekly delivery of a “full share” of 3lb for $50 or a “half share” of 1.5lb for $25.

Pound Nets: A Traditional and Environmentally Friendly Way to Fish!

Last weekend Big City Fish ShareHolders received Northern Puffer, or Blowfish, in their share.  New York Blowfish are an underutilized species that most people have never tried or heard of, despite their inherent tastyness.  The blowfish were the last of the season’s catch for fisherman Bruce Bennet.  Bruce employs a pound net: an ancient method of fishing that has less environmental impact than other methods.

Pound nets are stationary fishing devices built close to shore and left in the water seasonally.  They are like a big fish trap, or perhaps a fish waiting room, since the fish are not harmed.  As you can see in the diagram below, pound nets are divided into three sections: a perpendicular to shore “leader” that blocks fish and turns them towards the pound; a heart-shaped section of nets that helps funnel the fish into the pound; and the actual pound net where fishermen can collect their catch.  The structure is built to the top of shallow water, which keeps fish from escaping.

Pound nets are checked daily, and the wanted fish separated from the unwanted.  The unwanted fish are simply dumped outside the pound, generally unharmed.  This drastically cuts down on “bycatch”, or the unwanted fish and critters that are caught in other fishing methods.  Pound nets, if sited in the right place, are also less detrimental to habitat than other fishing methods.  Additionally, pound net fishermen use less fuel because the fish come to the fishermen, not the other way around.

With the coming of fall and dropping temperatures in New York waters, fish will leave for deeper or more southern climes.  Big City Fish Share hopes to connect with Bruce again in the spring when those same species will return and find his pound net waiting….

Pan Fried Blowfish!