Seasonal Fishes 8: Suzuki/Seabass

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Suzuki or seabass is a fish so popular with anglers all over the world that a lot of people forget it is an extremely popular for sashimi and sushi in Japan.
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(Pic taken at Tomii Restaurant in Shizuoka City)

Like any other fish, it bears many names: Madaka, Hakura, Shiibasu.
In the Kanto area, including Shizuoka Prefecture, it is called Seigo when under 25cm. At 3 years of age, when it has attained a length near 60cm, it is called Fukko or Suzuki.
In Kansai it is called Seigo, Hane, and Suzuki.
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As you can see above the colour and texture are slightly different (Fukko is on the right)

A summer fish par excellence, it is caught mainly in Central and western japan.
The bigger and the older the fish, the better it is considered. After a decline in the 1980’s, catches have increased recently, reaching more than 9,300 tonnes after 2000.

Of course it is a fish you can appreciated cooked or simmered, or grilled,although it becomes fragile upon being cooked.

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