Monday, 18 March 2013

Sea Eagle Seafoods

This little business is situated at Eagle Hawk Neck on the majestic Tasman Peninsula. They are family run and dedicated to sustainable local fishing, by only taking what they need and releasing the by-catch. As with other proponents for sustainable fishing, such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from 'River Cottage', Sea Eagle Seafoods promote the use of local and unpopular varieties of fish rather than species that have been popularised by the market, costing the earth of it's precious deep sea resources. Species such as mullet, mackerel, couta and pilchards, often tossed aside for bait or pet food, are of high quality flavour and full of healthy fatty acids due to their oil content. All their products are free from nasty ingredients and use the freshest quality fish that they source themselves. I have tried many of their pates, including the flat-head one, which is absolutely delicious. I was skeptical at first, thinking that it was sacrilege to put flat-head into a pate, flat-head being my favourite fish having spent many summer afternoons with dad and friends fishing for it, cooking it right there and then in butter and letting it mellow in its natural flavours of the sea.

Alongside this, Sea Eagle Seafoods offer pickled and smoked products, such as Tasmanian octopus in a sweet marinade, exhibiting absolutely divine classic flavours that will accompany any platter of pickles and cheeses. I love their products and I am extremely supportive of their aims and goals. I was particularly pleased when they came out with their own rollmops, especially after a ban to import them to Tasmania due to the salmon industry meant that all us eastern European food lovers had to go without or rely on our friends to smuggle them into the state. Although not the same, they exhibit tasty qualities that promote the flow of knowledge and ideas into locally provided resources. Sea Eagle Seafoods' products can be found in many small delicatessens, fish markets and local grocers, such as Hill Street Store. If you are ever out Tasman way, you will find many of their products at the Murdunna store, alongside many other local products. Happy fishing.

Sea Eagle Mackerel Rollmops

Here is an article from 'The Mercury' explaining more about them and the challenges their industry faces:

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