Species Name:Xiphias gladius
Green – Best Choice
Local swordfish carefully harvested with harpoons.
How: Harpoon: Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch: Harpooning is a traditional method for catching large fish—and it’s still used today by skilled fishermen. When a harpooner spots a fish, he thrusts or shoots a long aluminum or wooden harpoon into the animal and hauls it aboard. Harpooners catch large, pelagic predators such as bluefin tuna and swordfish. Harpooning is an environmentally responsible fishing method. Bycatch of unwanted marine life is not a concern because harpoon fishermen visually identify the species and size of the targeted fish before killing it.
Santa Monica Seafood proactively supports the sustainability of our commercial fisherman and the stewardship of our local waters. Harpooning is a historic method of fishing utilizing boats that are very recognizable with their long bowsprits and highly elevated “crow’s nests”. Harpoon fishing is an “art” that requires patience, talent, and a superior skill set while providing the end consumer an exceptional product. Harpoon Swordfish are speared the same day Santa Monica Seafood coordinates the purchase, giving the shortest time between catch and off-loading of any other gear type.
Swordfish meat is moist and flavorful with a slightly sweet taste. Steaks have a moderately high oil content and a firm, meaty texture. The flesh color can vary from white and ivory to pink and orange. Color variation does not indicate quality.