Apr. 2014 issue No.124

Sashimi and sushi of tilefish seasonal

Akaamadai, Kiamadai, Shiroamadai Sumitsukiamadai, Hanaamadai, are distributed, but Akaamadai because it accounts for the majority of the catch, Japan, and that refers to the Akaamadai and tilefish in the description of the hereafter.

It should be noted that in FISH FOOD TIMES, you are introduced to a tilefish in (Feb. 2008) tilefish skin frost sashimi at No. 50 in the past. You pick up the fish because the second time, I would like to consider the point of view from a slightly different this time.

The image below is a Akaamadai landed at Tsushima in April of last year.

It was tilefish which has the appearance very respectable you think because there is more weight 600g more than 30cm total length of the fish, age and nearly 6 years before and after.

Tilefish such as is common to be caught in the longline fishery primarily as shown in the following table.

As the main fishing grounds the continental shelf of the East China Sea South Central as shown in the figure below, Japan had been the operation of tilefish fishing in this longline fishing once, but conflict of fishing grounds and neighboring countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China since 2000 by, Japan tilefish fishing has become a form that withdrew from the East China Sea near.

And now, over the Sea of ??Japan from southwestern Tsushima Strait area is a fraction of the distribution area of tilefish is the main fishing grounds of Japan, fish catch has remained as follows.

There is a fact every year catch of tilefish are declining as this, tilefish is a high-quality fish familiar, such as the original restaurant that has become hard to come by more and more at a higher price.

In response to the fact that tilefish resources has declined, prefecture of Nagasaki three, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka lot of tilefish catch track record was carried out "Akaamadai seedling stocking business". And began seedling discharge in the same way to follow to this in some of the provinces other. And that by the resources of Akaamadai is to be seen is stock recovery since the survey began in 1999, after becoming in 2004, an estimate of the resources tail that indicates that the number is the value of the best in 2010 .

Tilefish fishing in Japan is seen If you do not use excessive overfishing from among small by fishing methods such as bottom stab net or dragnet, and are getting closer to the level of resources that is sustainable in the future by this.

Result of resource recovery such efforts, it's like now also possible to get the tilefish of respectable size, such as the image of the above, but be able to meet the tilefish of such size still is one it is not possible at any time anywhere throughout the year.

That it has been written down in the books or "period of winter from autumn season of tilefish" in general seems a lot, but when it is determined from quantitative landings in the field sensibilities, it moved backward a little more than it feeling that is.

In fact, the spawning season of tilefish is up to October begins around June in the waters southwest of the Sea of ??Japan, it is the time of the July-November in the northeast waters of Tsushima same. So From a point of view "from the time the fish is substantial in spawning before, the period up to the time of spawning", as is the definition of the season, "until early summer to peak in the spring from the end of the winter," the season of tilefish I seem's that is either not correct.

The top graph is a representation of the difference in monthly catch Quantity in years. Around April from March is the time to inrush to the season of tilefish, just shows that it is the season to store up fat tilefish is in front of spawning, made ??the most delicious fish is substantial.

As you know, on the grounds that "watery soft", features body quality of tilefish should be a point of condensing the taste is reduced in some way to the water to eat delicious, (2008 it is as in February) No. 50, and it is depicted in the article of tilefish skin frost sashimi.

In tilefish of sized such in the image, when it comes to freshness to become the sashimi, rather than the 3,000 yen far from or 2,000 yen per fish definitely, customers must prepare a purchase price more likely.

When you Though it is tilefish of such a high price, if you try to remove by force the scales in the tool drop scales, only under the skin that would cause a "body cracking of fish" at a pressure of tool because it is fish soft body, to sashimi it could lead to that ragged body broken, and would defeat their value.

There is a kitchen knife technique to avoid that kind of all becomes useless.

It is thing that "Sukibiki", which is a method for removing thin scales in Yanagiha knife.

I think I want you to refer to it because it introduced in (December, 2012) Crude Chanko pot of No. 108 for this knife technique, but try to show you a part of the following also when carried out in tilefish.

When the Sukibiki with a kitchen knife, the original image of the above is as shown in below.


In the image below, half of the body above that of Sukibiki, half-length under is because you are using the scale-up tool.


Then placed in a metal vat and salts shaking gently on both sides.


We will have to wait about an hour by sandwiching the kitchen towel dry both sides of the fish.


By the treatment of such, it is become delicious missing some moisture tilefish, umami is condensed.

But It should be careful, because of a "goal is pull out only a little water" only, value appropriate for the expensive tilefish will not it has become salty salinity.

The side of the body that are not broken by the body that has a "Sukibiki" is sashimi after removing skin.


Half of the body to the removal of the scales dropped a tool of scales, the species Nigirisushi it after the Yushimo the skin. At the same time, chop it after boiling even skin that remains after removal of the skin, is used as Ashirai sashimi.


Tilefish, which is under preparation in this way, it became the product of the first page image as "tilefish Yushimo Nigirisushi" and "tilefish sashimi".

The tilefish that is positioned as a high-quality fish of the top rank among the fish that are eaten in Japan right now. This being the fish to buy stocking person in charge of high-end restaurant is not an upper limit on the amount conditions of size and the freshness if available, those of decent fish you can not buy unless you prepared to purchase a very high price so I there.

However On the other hand, there is a country that is rampant in a lordly manner the tilefish fishery in the East China Sea, and overfishing the tilefish resources in the form of "uprooted" just in dragnet and bottom stab net, earns by exporting to neighboring countries such as Japan and South Korea .

The country had been landed in Nagasaki harbor approximately 3,000 tons at the time of the 1998 tilefish, but landed the amount was reduced to 1,016 tons in 2011. This figure shows symbolically the deterioration of tilefish resources in the East China Sea.

It's eaten with sashimi is as it has been above tilefish good freshness, but the have a large number of people who have a belief from head "tilefish should not be construed to eat sashimi" and as opposed to the fact that, I believed that shoddy goods bad freshness called dragnet what has gone planting such images.

In the vicinity of Nagasaki, tilefish are eating well still common, but bad tilefish is a center in the minima is referred to as the 5 Danmono such as 4 Danmono landed Chinese ship is brought, this is of course these are not like freshness eat sashimi.

It seems time that has been around in various parts of western Japan in large numbers a long time ago, bad tilefish that have passed a long time such as "Akaamadai you are mistaken whether Shiroamadai" such, when it did not established such a bad image.

Tilefish are in order, usually in storefront fish shop in Hakata, I was not a fish upscale, such as not eat only in the restaurant never old days, tilefish's arranged in the storefront of the fish shop now also become rare , I have not observed at all figure to sell in large quantities cheaply tilefish course.

To be in the table above, catches of tilefish in Japan is a one seventeenth of the peak at the time, landed the Chinese ship himself is is in one third, expect things quantitative anymore it would be better that wrong.

However, resources resurrection is also achieved by Akaamadai seedling stocking business, the results also because seems to be coming out, now not as a fish out of reach in the luxury goods, it is named after the "taste of as sweet" it is one that while treats care of tilefish that is said to have, I would like you to relish the taste to many people.

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Apr.1, 2014

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