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Blue Water Fish - Secret #1 – Blue Water Fish Supplied The Fulton Fish

Blue Water Fish - Secret #1 – Blue Water Fish Supplied The Fulton Fish Market

The Fulton Fish Market fully-functioning and close to the height of its powers in Manhattan in 1936. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Blue Water Fish started in the seafood trucking business back in 1994. They began transporting local fish from Long Island to Boston. Blue Water would go out to the docks in Shinnecock and Montauk on Long Island to pick up monkfish, swordfish, and tuna.

They would then transport the fish as far as New Bedford, which is Massachusetts’ sixth-largest city and the largest of its South Coast region. Nicknamed “The Whaling City," New Bedford was one of the world's most important whaling ports in the 1800s, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. This New England seaport town continues to be known for its fishing fleet and associated seafood industry and as a setting of Herman Melville's 1851 ever popular novel Moby-Dick.

Blue Water also delivered clams from Fire Island and the South Shore of Long Island to the legendary Fulton Fish Market, located in historic lower Manhattan, near the Brooklyn Bridge, just a few short blocks from Wall Street. Founded In 1822, the Fulton Fish Market was the destination of fishing boats from all across the Atlantic Ocean. By the mid-twentieth century, however, fresh fish that came in by boat began to be trucked and flown in. The Fulton Fish Market then sold that fish to fine restaurants all over the country. According to their website newfultonfishmarket.com:

“Fish typically began arriving at the market around midnight. Historically, fish was received at the port of New York City by boat, but subsequently, all fish was brought in by truck or air from other areas. The market was open from three to nine in the morning on Monday and Thursday and from four to nine on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Teams of loaders transported the fish from the trucks to the stalls by hand trucks and small motorized pallet trucks. Once the buyers chose their fish, the loaders reloaded the fish onto the customers’ trucks. Based on estimates from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, 2005) and from the New York Times, The Fulton Fish Market volume and estimates of U.S. fish consumption per capita, about 5 percent of U.S. seafood sales flowed through the Fulton market.”