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dbwave Feb 24, 2011 11:25 PM

Is it possible to find either in San Diego?

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  1. Fake Name RE: dbwave Feb 25, 2011 12:56 AM

    My first stop would be Catalina Offshore Products. Not sure if they'll stock it.

    1. bizzwriter RE: dbwave Feb 25, 2011 01:27 AM

      Costco on Morena has consistently had fresh wild-caught Pacific cod for the past several weeks. It's very good, and the price is right: $6 a pound or so.

      This Costco has been experimenting with wild-caught fish over the past few months. First just wild-caught salmon, which is no longer available, and now a variety of wild-caught Pacific fishes. This week they had maybe five different species, including Pacific cod, rockfish, and ling. All quite reasonably priced.

      I'm really hoping that people pick up on this and that Costco continues to expand its offerings. It's great to have an alternative to the farm-raised stuff.

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        DougOLis RE: bizzwriter Feb 25, 2011 10:46 AM

        Costco just announced that they're going to be moving to only selling sustainable seafood. Not sure what it will do to their selection but it's a pretty cool initiative by them.

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          bizzwriter RE: DougOLis Feb 25, 2011 11:34 AM

          That's great news. Seems that they're paying a lot more attention to their seafood department, which is cool in my book.

          Looks like they're targeting shrimp first. Then fish. I haven't seen any of the prohibited species listed in the below press release excerpt ever for sale at Costco:

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          Each seafood product, whether farmed or wild, has a unique set of circumstances that determine its sustainability, and it may be a few years before all of Costco's seafood suppliers are sustainable, but the corporation is moving in the right direction. Costco has set its shrimp supply as the first goal, holding its Thai shrimp suppliers up against the standards for shrimp farming outlined by the Shrimp Aquaculture Dialogue.

          As a result of Costco's new sustainable seafood policy, consumers will no longer be able to purchase certain red list seafood products in Costco stores. These products include Atlantic cod, bluefin tuna, Chilean sea bass, grouper, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, and several others. The Marine Stewardship Council, a certification and eco-labeling organization for sustainable seafood, has determined that each of these products is sourced in a non-sustainable fashion, which may include being overfished or causing damage to surrounding sealife. Costco has vowed not to stock any of these non-sustainable seafood products until the Marine Stewardship Council certifies the product as sustainable.

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            foodiechick RE: bizzwriter Feb 25, 2011 04:41 PM

            I've seen frozen orange roughy, Chilean sea bass and swordfish at Morena Costco. Really glad they are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon!

      2. geekyfoodie RE: dbwave Feb 25, 2011 10:30 AM

        Point Loma Seafoods might have it... I also tried a cod-like fish from there that was caught in Baja waters. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of it. Used it in paella and it was fabulous.

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        Point Loma Seafoods
        2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

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          cstr RE: dbwave Feb 25, 2011 02:55 PM

          Costco has some real nice looking cod.

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            dbwave RE: cstr Feb 26, 2011 06:20 PM

            So I ended up buying some Ling Cod at Costco. I stuffed it with Soreno Ham and Tetilla Cheese from Pata Negra Market in PB. Frying it in oil oil with egg/breadcrumb exterior. Delicious. The fish was fantastic. Thank you Chowhounds!!!!!

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            1657 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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              bizzwriter RE: dbwave Feb 27, 2011 12:15 AM

              Yum -- sounds great!

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                cstr RE: dbwave Feb 27, 2011 07:55 AM

                bet the ham took it over the top.

            2. bizzwriter RE: dbwave Mar 2, 2011 09:05 AM

              Costco Morena had fresh, wild-caught Dover sole last night at the insane price of $3.99 a pound. I immediately grabbed the last package they had -- 3.5 pounds worth.

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                cstr RE: bizzwriter Mar 2, 2011 01:48 PM

                They have that frequently but not for the past few months and yes a real steal. Thanks for the heads up I've got to get over there.

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                  Island RE: bizzwriter Mar 4, 2011 02:12 PM

                  OK Bizz, what's your plan for that sole? Dbwave shared, now it's your turn!
                  I always go for the halibut and never noticed sole, but I'll be on the look out for it now. Costco is always heavy on salmon, but unfortunately I hate salmon.

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                    bizzwriter RE: Island Mar 4, 2011 11:52 PM

                    Unfortunately, my preparation of the sole was not nearly as exciting as Dbwave's. I do a BIG fish grill every week on my bbq. Just the fillets, salt, pepper, and olive oil. One thing that surprised me was that the sole fillets were very small. There must have been 40 or so in that 3.5-pound package! Next time I'm going back to cod (and I'm going to try the ling cod if they have some).

                2. Beach Chick RE: dbwave Mar 4, 2011 09:40 AM

                  The Ling Cod from Costco is delicious and pretty reasonable in price.
                  The key to any fish from Costco is the 'packaged date' since I don't want some nasty fish sitting for a couple of days...I always get it the day it was packed.
                  Super white fish with a consistency of grouper...
                  Has anyone noticed how much Salmon has gone up?
                  Slab is running about $25 when a couple months ago it was half that..
                  What's up with that?

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                    bizzwriter RE: Beach Chick Mar 4, 2011 10:55 AM

                    Yeah -- I hear ya on the packaged date. When it's fresh at Costco, it's VERY fresh. My personal fave is the Pacific Cod, but haven't tried the Ling yet. I'll be sure to pick some up next week. Yeah -- the salmon price has really gone up. Have you tried the Steelhead Trout? It comes skin-on, which I prefer (LOVE the crispy skin that I end up with when I bbq it), and it is very salmon-y. Costs a bit less too as I recall.

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