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Bulk Seafood
updated: Dec 20, 2013, 11:53 AM

I want to do a Louisiana style crab/lobster boil on Christmas day. Is there a place around SB that I can buy bulk seafood?

Places People Are Talking About:

CostcoFishermans Farmers MarketHarbor meat & seafood
KanaloaSanta Barbara Fish Market

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 478928 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:05 PM

Sounds great, can we come? :) Check out the Santa Barbara Fish Market, down at the harbor, on the alley. Kanaloa might also work.


 COMMENT 478931 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:09 PM



 COMMENT 478933 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:11 PM

You can get crab, lobster, and shellfish at Costco. It's usually been frozen. Only available Friday and Saturdays, if memory serves. But I've heard that Kanaloa can import live crawfish if ordered in advance, so it's worth calling.


 COMMENT 478934 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:11 PM

The sea. It's a little further than those other places, but fresher


 COMMENT 478936 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:13 PM

Harbor meat & seafood
215 Helena Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-6112


 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:25 PM

There's a 10% off coupon for the fish market in the independent


 COMMENT 478944 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 12:33 PM

Thanks Everyone! Kanaloa don't have live crab or crawfish at the moment. Apparently its too cold.
I checked with Harbor meat and seafood. They open on Christmas eve, and have live crab. (cash or check only, open 7am to 2pm)

Anyway, looks like its on :)


 COMMENT 478955 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 01:06 PM

Try this next time in advance, I've used it several times for boils, they get here live and ready to go, seasoning included!

www. cajungrocer. com/


 COMMENT 478957 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 01:14 PM

Make sure you first sweep the area the seafood is stored, with a quality geiger counter - preferably for several hours - so you can accurately determine the background radiation of the premises. Also, find out if there is granite in the area. Then carefully sweep the counter over the intended seafood purchases. If there are no significant increases in radiation readings, then you're probably OK as regards contamination from the ongoing Fukushima disaster. Then, all you have to worry about are the normal pollutants like mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals.


 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 01:37 PM

Go to the Fishermans Farmers Market (every Saturday morning early) and dealt directly with the people who carch it.


 COMMENT 478988 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:18 PM

957... the shellfish the OP is talking about is coastal, not littoral (open deep water) where the probability is greater for radioactive contamination. Fish like tuna and salmon are more likely to be afflicted as you say.


 COMMENT 479003P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:40 PM

OP, you've neglected to include your address and the time of the party! ;-)


 COMMENT 479009P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 02:56 PM

Littoral means coastal, or "brown water". And the Fukushima paranoia is just that, with no objective basis.


 COMMENT 479014P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 03:11 PM

You could always have it shipped in from the New Orleans area, I get nice crabs fedexed from a place in Lafitte so tasty.


 COMMENT 479045 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 05:04 PM

901 - that is really not advisable, unless you enjoy dose of Corexit® in your diet.


 COMMENT 479051 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 05:35 PM

9009... oops, I meant pelagic. Thanks for the correction.


 COMMENT 479124P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-20 09:40 PM

Fukushima paranoia? Google 'a warning to seafood lovers everywhere'. Now, this warning may indeed be paranoia, and it would be easy to prove one way or another... except that the government REFUSES to test Pacific seafood for radiation... almost like there's something to hide...

Personally, it doesn't matter to me because I can't stomach seafood anyway - I just never have been able to eat anything that comes out of the ocean.


 COMMENT 479150 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 08:32 AM

I second going to the Saturday morning Fishermen's Market. Get there early (like around 7am) to get the good stuff. It's on the loading dock by Brophy's. Can't miss it.

124P: Google is always a reliable source. And there are plenty of scientists testing Fukishima radiation right now. They just don't quite know the extent and how it will affect the seafood we eat. The levels of radiation they are seeing would not register on a Geiger counter. The best bet is if you are concerned, don't eat it, but there are a lot worse things we are eating nowadays.


 COMMENT 479161 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 08:52 AM

Try the seafood dept. at Lazy Acres. They can order from small to large amounts and Judd, the manager of the dept. and everyone else who works there are super nice and accommodating.


 COMMENT 479169P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 09:20 AM

Uh, google is not a "source", it's a search engine - which is exactly why I didn't cite any particular website - then the argument would've been "oh, that's one of those fringe sites"

The warning to avoid eating all west coast Pacific seafood until testing is done, and the actual risk can be quantified comes from the University of California Nuclear Engineering Department - is that a reliable enough source for you? Or are you going to rely on the fact that a hand held Geiger counter can't detect the level of radiation present in seafood?


 COMMENT 479171 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 09:33 AM

169 Asking the Industry who did the polluting is NOT a reliable source. However many Tuna fisherman have been doing testing (Fisherman's landing) and no increase in levels as of yet.


 COMMENT 479188 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 10:39 AM

Get it Fresh and Live from the Docks Saturday Morning 7a.m.! Buy it straight from the fishermen, you'll all be very happy!


 COMMENT 479219P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 12:44 PM

This is interesting:



 COMMENT 479256 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 03:43 PM

169P. Have you checked your own source? I just spent some time looking through it and did not find anything of recent that has shows that they are detecting radiation from Fukushima on our coast. I am not saying it is not out there. I know of two such studies showing that the radiation was in kelp and in tuna from the west coast. But telling people that anything they eat from the ocean is tainted by radiation is ludicrous. If you are concerned, don't eat it.


 COMMENT 479322P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-21 08:12 PM

Turner Broadcast Media is about as Mainstream as media gets, and within this past week, they have run stories that I personally find quite alarming. And I use tin foil strictly to line the bottom of my toaster oven.


 COMMENT 479361P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-22 08:00 AM

Golly, why am I not surprised to be caught up in another ridiculous argument? I didn't quote a specific source except to say that the UC Nuclear Engineering Department has warned the public to avoid ALL Pacific seafood.

Now whether or not UC academics can really be considered part of "the industry that did the polluting", they definitely ARE experts as far as evaluating radiation hazards.

As for anyone's inability to find evidence that Fukushima radiation has reached the west coast, all I can say is that they obviously didn't try very damned hard. Google 'UC Berkley radiation monitoring'.

The fact is that although elevated radiation levels have been detected in rainwater all over the USA and Canada, the highest levels are on the west coast. California milk currently tests radiation levels 4 times what they were before Fukushima.

As far as seafood being tested by fisherman, relying on fisherman to tell you the truth about radiation in their fish makes even less sense than believing the nuclear power industry when says nuclear power is perfectly safe, What little testing of Pacific that's been done has shown elevated radiation levels, including ALL bluefin tuna tested.

And finally, I NEVER told anyone not to eat seafood - I merely passed on a warning from UC Nuclear Engineering - in fact, I explicitly said that I don't care whether anyone eats it, because I DON"T, and NEVER have . Now stop trying to put words in my mouth and go back to sleep.


 COMMENT 479389P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-22 09:17 AM

I looked for a link from UC Nuclear Engineering Department where they have warned about fish. I could not find one. If you have one, that would help.

"On a fairly regular basis I have to debunk the fabricated radiation maps and stories about contaminated fish in the Pacific Ocean for my friends on the East coast. But, the immediacy and veraciousness of these claim on the West coast is a whole other beast. Sara shared about her role responding to public calls about fear of radiation exposure, contaminated foods and a host of other issues. In fact the influx of inquires for information on the local level after Fukushima lead UC Berkeley faculty to create a special monitoring program called the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Air Monitoring Station, so they could respond to concerns in as much detail as possible."

At the link below you will find tests by UC Berkeley, which demonstrate that they do NOT find contamination in all of their tests.


While it does not address concerns about fish, it does debunk the claims that one should move away from the west coast.


 COMMENT 479647P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-23 09:25 AM

Dungeness crab season is on...should be available fresh and live from a broker.

Crab boil sounds like lots of fun! Is there any local community/public group that puts on such a feast?


 COMMENT 482912 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-06 03:53 PM

OP here. Thanks for all the recommendations. I ended up getting some rock crabs from Santa Barbara Meat and Fish co on Christmas eve. Nothing else was available. They were live, great value and the boil worked out perfectly --I used some old bay seasoning from Vons, some cayenne pepper and paprika, and threw in some tiger shrimp from costco. I'll check out the Sat morning fish market too next time.

...or maybe i should have a seafood curie?




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