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Wahoo (Ono) from F/V Zephyr being served at Ironside Fish & Oyster in San Diego, CA.


Wahoo (Ono)

A cousin of mackerel, wahoo is found in warm oceans around the world. In the Pacific, they’re harvested as non-target catch in troll and longline fisheries targeting tunas based out of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan. Most of the wahoo in the U.S. market comes from Hawaii, where the fish is nicknamed “Ono,” the Hawaiian word for “delicious.” Wahoo grow fast, up to 8 feet and 158 pounds, and have a short life span, up to 9 years. Males are able to reproduce when they reach 2.8 feet in length; females sexually mature when they reach 3.3 feet.
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Captain John Hall began fishing in 1948 at the tender age of 4. His mother still has a photo of him with his first catch: a 9lb white seabass. With that, he was hooked. However Captain John didn’t begin fishing commercially until 1976. Prior to riding the high seas full time, he earned two master degrees and a PhD in Marine Biology and dreamt of becoming a professor. After a few years teaching at the University of California San Diego, Captain John learned that the politically-charged academic w...
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Newly opened Ironside Fish & Oyster "aims to reintroduce a rich oyster culture to San Diego, a known seaport city born from the local fishing industry that once existed as the tuna capital of the US. At the epicenter of Ironside's $1.8 million build out is an impressive raw bar that is one of three open-air culinary hubs, offering guests a daily changing menu of bivalves, oyster flights, crudos, crab claws, seafood platters, house made mignonettes, and more." (FSR Magazine, 20...