Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>
"We had a vastly more sophisticated oyster culture 100 years ago than we do now," said Robb Walsh over a plate of six Gulf oysters yesterday afternoon. Walsh was speaking on a panel of winemakers on pairing white wines with oysters, but the lost history of Texas oysters was proving far more fascinat ... More >>
Black tiger shrimp are monsters, the kind of creatures that make you think that maybe "jumbo shrimp" isn't such an oxymoron after all. The distinctive black-and-orange-striped shrimp can grow to more than a foot in length and over a pound in weight. And according to the Galveston Daily News, they're ... More >>
Human beings: acting like jerks since we killed off the pupfish.Yesterday, we touched briefly on the plight of the idiot fish, a small red fish with giant, round marbles for eyes. It's delicious, despite its odd appearance. And it's also endangered. Yet it's still sold and served across the w ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseJim Naismith, left, and Barry Irwin clean their catch on the boat's stern.Read the first and second parts of our four-part series on Gulf sashimi-grade fish, and stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment. "Watch 'em," says Captain Barry Irwin as he approaches a chart ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseCaptain Barry Irwin prepares to set out from Aransas Pass for the day on the La Victoria, a commercial trawler. See more photos from the expedition in our slideshow."I don't eat bait," growls Captain Barry Irwin, pointedly ignoring the plate of raw bonito being offered to ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt reported on renewed efforts to assign appellations to Gulf oysters, and some commenters didn't like the idea so much. "Seriously," P. T. Barnum wrote. "Were these same oysters selling for inflated prices before their fancy name? Nope. Sucker." But PJ Stoops defended the pra ... More >>
Robb WalshJim Gossen and oysterman Tracy Woody checking oyster leases in Galveston Bay.At the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium this week, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune moderated a panel discussion on "The Gulf and the Spill." Panelists were former Houston Press ... More >>
Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?
"A couple of months would have been okay, but five months is too much," oysterman Misho Ivic said about the newly announced FDA summer oyster ban. Oystermen were taken by surprise last weekend when the FDA went over the head of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission and announced an a ... More >>
These petite-sized Galveston Bay oysters made a lovely breakfast. I ate them with some heavily buttered German sourdough rye toast from the HEB on Bunker Hill and a cup of Community Club coffee. A drop of lemon and a dash of Tabasco perked up the breakfast half shells nicely. Oysters and coffee tast ... More >>
This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
Check out the size of this oyster. You don't see a seven-inch oyster very often. Counting the rings, I figure it's five years old. I found it in a "boat sack" I bought for $36 a couple of weeks ago. You get somewhere between 220 and 250 oysters in a boat sack, so it's quite a bargain, but they aren ... More >>
Houston Press staffers win awards
Robb Walsh is a James Beard finalist times two
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Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.
Immigrant shrimpers survived Vietnam and the wrath of Texas rednecks. Can they do the same with new fishing restrictions?
Pickin' and Grinnin'-- Adrian Legg
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?