New Year’s fish

Donovan Gadingan, head processor for Fresh Island Fish Co., wholesaler, shows off an onaga (ruby snapper or ula’ula) that arrived Monday afternoon. Fish processors in the background are busy preparing for deliveries that are earmarked for retailers, hotels, and restaurants for the New Year’s celebration on Kaua’i where dining on sashimi is a tradition. The wholesaler said the top three fish in demand are ahi, mahimahi, and opaka. Supplies are good so they should be able to fill all their orders, he said. Fresh Island Fish Co. buys from local island fishermen as well as at a fish auction on O’ahu.

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