George Figueroa from Trigger Seafood specializes in the area referred to as “South Atlantic,” the waters south of US1 toward the Keys. The trigger fish, yellow jack, wahoo, cobia, and snappers – except red, which are closed (only) locally right now – that you enjoy at Michael’s are exclusively spear-caught when they come from George. Michael joined him on the water during this episode of After Hours with Daniel Boloud, taped a couple of years ago.
As the oil crisis in the Gulf fumbles along, we thought you might want an update on how we at the restaurant, and our local sources, are taking it in stride. We reached out to George yesterday for the latest, and here’s what he wrote back:
Our fisheries here have not been affected at all, compared to that on the Gulf of Mexico side and Louisiana areas. It’s incomprehensible what has happened over there, and how long the effects could take to play themselves out. Most of the people on the Atlantic side and lower keys are optimistic. The farther it stays away the better, we just watch daily and stay up to par with it. Unfortunately if it did effect the keys it would be devastating. I keep my fingers crossed daily.
In my humble opinion, our restaurants and businesses here need to keep well informed of what they’re buying and from what regions, and not let the media or gossip blow things out of proportion. Most importantly, keep an open and honest dialogue with customers. I get calls daily from friends and neighbors about fish and where they’re coming from, being honest and firm on the issues sets them at ease.
Latest news on the recovery is still undetermined, they say August as a date to have complete control of the spill by BP. As far as what is drifting offshore, it will continue to break up and drift until it finally settles in our deep oceans and beaches.