Finding a Seafood Store
Trying to find where I can buy fresh seafood on STX. Are there any places near Salt River area. Not that that matters. I will go anywhere on the island. What can i expect to find there? I'm a Southerner so I love crab, shrimp and oysters, not that I expect that down here. Also love mahi-mahi and salmon too. Thanks
Watch for the roadside stands. the fishermen come in each morning about 11:00am. They have the freshest catch. There are several roadside stands or you can try teh fishmarket in Fredericksted. Most places will clean and filet it for you for a small charge.
Check out the fish market in LaReine
Thanks for your help!
There used to also be a fish market down by the pet store toward Food Town. Coming from Salt River it would be on your right...It looked more like a retail place and I've never been in there, but I just saw it one day out of the corner of my eye. Blue building on the end of the strip. I don't know if it carries anything more exotic than local fare, though.
If you are ever in the area of Plaza West, the guys right across the street from the grocery store are very nice and usually have just about anything local. The only salmon, shrimp and oysters I've seen have been at the grocery stores...matter of fact, I don't know if I've seen an oyster that wasn't canned...
I love fish but stuck to dolphin - mahi mahi etc and smoked salmon from Schooner Bay Market - lol
You should be very aware that there are two dangers with fish caught locally on any of the islands - one is poor roadside hygeine and the attendant bacterial problems. That you can just use your common sense and good judgement.
The other is ciguatera - this is a deadly and life altering neuro toxin that is common to reef graxing fish, unfortunately is is then passed up the chain -not only to barracuda etc but also to grouper and snapper.
There is no way to tell an infected fish - in fact, people often say it was the best tasting fish that they ever had.
Many of you know that my husband has provided medical care on the Island for quite a few years - would he eat a reef fish or its predator caught in these waters - no!
Don't take my word - check it out with the CDC online etc.
Yep, I'd never heard of ciguatera until spending time in the VI's. Before we start a territory-wide panic, be aware that it is not that common. But it does make me shy away from local fish. Here's some information:
There is no treatment for the toxin. Treatment is aimed at the symptoms.
"would he eat a reef fish or its predator caught in these waters - no!" Whew- thats good to hear, more fish for the fish lovers.