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Local Seafood, What’s in Peak Season? November

As we try to do every month, we will list local seafood that is currently in peak season and should be a good bet for your next tailgate or holiday gathering. Again, we are considering LOCAL seafood as any seafood product that is harvested or cultured within 250 miles of your area – in our case Pensacola FL.

Many feel the best tasting shrimp come from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Photo: NOAA

Many feel the best tasting shrimp come from the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Photo: NOAA

Here is November’s starting lineup…

 

SHELLFISH

 

Clams – local clams are cultured year round in the waters surrounding Cedar Key.  If you have not tried these new Florida items – give them a try!

 

Oysters – yes, the waters are cooler and it is time to once again to think oysters.  Oyster dressing is a Thanksgiving tradition for many Gulf coast families.

 

White Shrimp – a variety of shrimp species can still be found at your local seafood markets but it is the white’s (gulf) shrimp that are currently in peak season.

 

Spiny Lobster – peak season for spiny lobster is winding down.  This species is more common in south Florida but is found in some markets.

 

Stone Crab – As with lobster, these are more common – and more popular – in south Florida; but you can get local stone crab!

 

FINFISH

 

Flounder – Peak season for flounder began in July and runs through November – so get them now!  If you have never tried flounder, I think you will be very very happy with this fish.

 

Snapper – Snapper are actually listed as “in peak season” year round but due to harvesting regulations, they may not be available.  The regulations change annually, so check with your local seafood market on the availability of this species.

 

Mullet – the ole tried and true Gulf coast mullet.  Yes… they are in peak season.

 

Swordfish – this commercial fishery is still going and this fish is a great tasting one.  This is one of the species that has had higher levels of mercury.  The recommendation is no more than one serving a week.  Women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, should not consume this species at all.

 

ENJOY YOUR THANKSGIVING – and add seafood to the menu!

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/11/07/local-seafood-whats-in-peak-season-november/