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Jan 11, 2002 11:59 PM

attn: Gooseneck fans

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The weekend of Jan 26th and 27th has got an afternoon low tide of about -1ft. This should prove to be great conditions to get both gooseneck barnacles as well as mussels. Check the links below regarding this subject. Any brave souls care to come down to Greyhound Rock (20 miles north of Santa Cruz) for a day of foraging and frivolity? It's really easy. Details and directions can be worked out.

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  1. Curiousity got the better of me, plus, I wanted to taste percebes before committing to a day of wading, so I went to the beach on Sunday and snagged a couple small ones. Delicious! So sweet and tasting of the sea, and yes, they do squirt when you peel 'em!

    I'm available for Sunday, Jan 27, for barnacles and mussels and whatever else we can forage. What do you recommend as a scraping tool?

    Here's a link to added discussion on planning, etiquette, and attire for musseling and visiting tidepools.


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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Did this ever work out? I notice we have a -1.75' tide at 5 PM Sunday Dec 23rd this year, I might give foraging for Percebes a try. This should be particularly interesting for Spanish expats who like to have these for Christmas!

      1. re: SteveG

        Funny, I was just looking at a tide chart to see when the next opportunity might be! I haven't done this for two years now. I have a preference for the percebes at Salt Point vs. Pescadero --- larger and sweeter.

        No, we didn't go foraging on that January day in 2002. Remember, you need to get a fishing license.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Not only do you need a fishing license, but since then it seems we have various marine conservation areas that have been set up on the state level:

          I'm thinking maybe the west marin coast around slide ranch might have the right mix of narrow beaches and rocks right in the surf for this kind of thing, and it isn't in any of the reserves. Anyone have pointers on where to forage for intertidal rock face edibles that isn't in a reserve now?

          1. re: SteveG

            Yes, those have been in effect for quite a while. There are big signs around the marine conservation area at Salt Point. Let me clarify . . . the spot where I collect mussels and percebes is just on the other side of the signs for the reserve.

        2. re: SteveG

          I'm still fantasizing about those percebes. . . If any of you go, please let me know how it turns out. Any chance of harvesting any in late January or February?

          1. re: pilinut

            You'll need to check a tide chart for your area.

      2. Surprisingly enough, this wasn't a thread about a menu special at Incanto!

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        1. re: grishnackh

          I was kind of hoping for stuffed derma. At least that's what came to mind before opening the thread and actually reading it.