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Lombard Of The Intertidal
San Francisco California
Locally renowned raconteur, fisherman, tubist, writer, tenor, home made instrument designer, puppet guy, eel master, former employee of {insert name of ambiguously titled semi federal agency of fish data collection here}.
Interests: Fishing, baseball, blondes, puppetry, quality cigars, fine ales and spirits, harmonicas, tubas, night smelt, monkeyface eels, surf smelt... you know stuff like that.
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The Fishwives sea shanty trio serenading the Bay Parade Coastal Update Early Summer 2016 Lots of things coming up to share, but of primary significance is my official book release par-tay at the Exploratorium on August 25th. Book release? you ask. Well, in fact, yes. I went and wrote a book: The Sea Forager’s Guide To The Northern California Coast. This mammoth tome (see image below), took me a year and half, working all night, while running my sustainable seafood business, doing weekend tours and performing parental duties for two little kids. So I’m patting myself on the back and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Coastal Update
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Coastal Update Jan/Feb 2016 Hey coastal fisher/foragers, it’s time for your mid-Winter 2016 Coastal Update! But first here are a few EVENTS we’ve got coming up: SOS Seafood Festival in Princeton Harbor, Saturday January 30th from 10-5pm (tickets). Swing by the Sea Forager booth and say hi. I'll be on the sustainability panel at 1pm. The Herring Festival in Sausalito, Sunday, January 31st from 11-3p (free! INFO). The Fishwives, the official Sea Forager sea shanty trio, will be singing the praises of our favorite small fish, and you can enter to win fabulous fishy prizes! (Like, fish. Real fish.) I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Coastal Update
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Big spawn in progress. Two days and counting. Here's your clue: Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Here's the haiku clue as of 07:41 Dec 27, 2015: They came in last night The point being C. latrans The flood should bring more Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Hello Coastal Fishers and Foragers it’s time for your November/December 2015 coastal update (at long last!) Heads up in December I've got a SF Coastal fishing & foraging walking tour on Saturday December 5th at 12:30pm and a rare Mega Low Tide tour in Princeton Harbor. (Tues Dec 22nd at 12:45pm) I only do seven of these per year so if you’re interested, my main focus on that tour is looking at mudflat invertebrates (ghost shrimp, piddocks, fat inn-keeper worms and horseneck clams). It’s always fun and I notice there are still a few spots left so if you want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Hi everybody it’s time for the Sea Forager coastal update… for early summer. But first here's some tours and stuff coming up in the next few months: still a couple spots left for my Father's Day San Francisco Coastal Fishing & Foraging tour on 6/21 (then 7/25, 8/29) and my mega low tide tour on 7/6. It’s been a strange season thus far, marked by a paucity of some regular summer fish and an over abundance of others. Alas, only Poseidon himself can predict the mysterious ways of the ocean--or even pretend to understand them. Small Fish: True Smelts It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Coastal Update Spring 2015 Here ye! Here ye! Spring is in full bloom! No maypole dancing just yet but lots of stuff happening on our local shores, here's the skinny: 1. Striped Bass 2015 is shaping up to be an epic striped bass year. Shore pluggers have been steadily nailing the stripers since early April. On a personal note, I gave up on that iconic striped bass lure of the Bay Area, aka: The Hair Raiser, after what had to be my 10,000th cast, and have been getting much more action with the fancier (and pricier) SP Minnow sold at... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Party For The Release of: "Me, Myself And The Monkeyface Eel" First things first: I've got two books due to be published this year. The main one that takes up most of my waking hours is for my favorite local publisher: Heyday in Berkeley. The second is a small artisinal project for some like-minded intertidal enthusiasts who also happen to double as professional printers. These guys contacted me after taking one of my tours and told me they were deep into the lost arts of making books. They wondered if I'd be interested in writing a book for them. At... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Coastal Update
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Ok... before we get started there's a few things happening in Sea Forger Land: Well it's that time of year again. If you're not on it already and you want to get on my herring list, e-mail me your cell #, and write “Herring List 2014” in the subject heading of the e-mail (tours@seaforager.com). Last year I did a whopping total of like 4 tours or something so you want to get on the list or at least let me know how badly you want me to call you when a spawn happens. In otherwords, I will call the people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Game Fish White Sea Bass Josiah bags a seabass on his Hobie sail-yak, (Josiah says: "Shhhhhhh! Don't burn my spot!") Well the big news in August was the arrival of white seabass from Santa Cruz to HMB and beyond. I heard reports of “giant croakers” caught as far as Bolinas. The hot bite was all around HMB from the Ritz to Montara to Linda Mar. Some of the open access commercial guys really slammed 'em. One of the boats I unloaded for Sea Forager CSF, told me he had caught 20 the previous day and I saw the landing receipt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Hey there coastal fisher/foragers it's time for your July 2014 Coastal Update! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Well it's starting to look like Poseidon is granting us one of those crazy “boom” years—where everything seems to be going off at once. At least for now. Unfortunately, there are some dreadful predictions of bad water heading north. Ugh. Wouldn't you know it? Just when everything is looking so perfect... they're saying we're heading into another dreaded el-nino cycle. For those of you who are unclear what this means, read this: http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2014/05/el-niño-coming-back?rss=1 No reason to be alarmist about it. But man, el Nino really does wreak havoc on the ecosystem, and I'm hoping it doesn't happen this year—although I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Most of you are probably unaware of this, (as I was until this week) but the world ended on Feb 26th, 1860. Only to rise again on March 28th, 2014 on a small island in Humboldt Bay. Wow. After 154 years it's sure good to be back. Background On the evening of February 26th, 1860 a small group of white settlers armed with bowie knives, axes, and pistols descended on an encampment of peaceful Wiyot Indians, who had gathered on Tuluwat Island for their annual world renewal ceremony. (Tuluwat was considered the center of the Wiyot universe). The young men... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at The Monkeyface News
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April 2014 Sea Forager Coastal Update includes: 2014 Salmon opener, striped bass report, low tide foraging, and just for the halibut, how to make local bull kelp pickles. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Before we get into the meat of the thing, here's some stuff we've got happening in March/April: And if you haven't yet, sign up for my sustainable CSF Seafood business! Seaforager Seafood Tours & Events: 1. HMB Mega Mudflat Tour (April 19th. Only weekend tour this year! Still some spots available!) 2. SF Coastal Fishing/Foraging Tour (Mar 16th and Mar 29th!) Sea Forager Seafood Customers E-mail me for discount! 3. March Events : I'm presenting at CalAcademy and providing seafood and sea songs for a boat party! Herring 2013-2014 Put a fork in it, it's done. One of the more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Hi guys! Welcome to yet another (belated) Sea Forager Coastal Update! First, some reminders and links to cool stuff: 1. To sign up for my only Mega Low Tide Clam Tour in Feb, go here: Mega Tour HMB (FYI: This will be my last Mega Low Tide Tour till May).* 2. If you've somehow escaped hearing about my Seafood CSF go here: Sea Forager Seafood 3. Plenty of room on my next city tour 2/22/14: Inner City Tour* 4. The TV show I am hosting can be seen on Pivot Network every Wednesday at 6:30pm (Pacific Time). Here's the website:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Coastal Update
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OKAY GUYS: I JUST GOT WORD! NO HERRING FESTIVAL THIS YEAR. SORRY. I WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT THERE SINGING IN THE RAIN. ONE WONDERS WHY HAVE A HERRING FESTIVAL AT ALL IF YOU'RE GOING TO CANCEL IT BECAUSE OF RAIN, RIGHT? OBVIOUSLY, IT WASN'T MY CALL. ANYWAY... FEBRUARY COASTAL UPDATE IMMANENT... HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING OF LATE (WHO NEEDS HERRING): MY SECOND FAVORITE SMALL FISH: NIGHT SMELT RUNNING BTW MY FIRST FAVORITE SMALL FISH IS H. PRETIOSUS. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Coastal Update
Hi everybody. Kirk here. Time for yet another belated coastal update! Better late than never. Let's see. Lots of stuff going on in fish biz. My new seafood company (Seaforager Seafood) is going to launch any day now (I swear it by gum!) Just getting things together with my supply chain(s), licensing, web merchants... etc. Yikes, never realized how much stuff goes into starting a business! Anyway, we're pushing the launch par-tay back to the end of August or maybe early September. This will likely be an epic event--with sea chanties, passed fishy h'ors deouvres and a meet and greet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Hello coastal fisher/foragers, here's your Sea Forager coastal update for September 2013. And it's almost on time for a change! 1. First off a few things. Thanks to all the people who subscribed to my new Sea Forager Seafood Co. The launch par-tay is on Friday Sept 6th, from 5:00--8:30... click here for details. 2. As far as tours go. i'm really focusing on my Fisherman's Wharf Tour these days. it's fun. It's relatively inexpensive and it's after hours so people can do it after work. Also easy to reach by public transpo. Everything you could possibly want to know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Nov 20th: Our monthly event. Free Tour For Members: Nov 22nd (if you're coming, e-mail me or sign up) Next SF Inner City Fishing Tour: Herring Here ye! Here ye! It is my intense pleasure to announce that we are now entering herring season! Huzzah!!!! My friend Jimbo marked a huge school of something, off Hunter's Point 2 days ago, holding at about 40 feet. Not sure what it was but you never know... an early spawn? For those of you who have taken my tours and had your interest piqued, this is the moment where you can join in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Coastal Update
Ok. Here we go. Bizzy bizzy. Holy Neptune, Sea Forager Seafood is growing faster than a market squid on steroids. BTW: I'd like to announce a new pick-up location in the East Bay for Sea Forager Seafood! American Steel Warehouse at 1960 Mandela Pkwy, 94607, enter on 20th. Anyhoo, here's the latest press: Sea Forager In The Chronicle Lots of challenges coming up after this month, though. Like for instance, what sustainable seafood can I possibly provide after salmon and everything else closes in two weeks? Hmmmm. I will have to dig deep (or drive far) to keep this going,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Hi Everybody. Yikes! Is it really January 16th? Time flies when you're having fun... (or processing 400 pounds of crabs in one day, which is what I've been doing of late). Anyhoo, I figure a late update is better than none. So here we go!!!! {Note: Sea Forager Seafood is looking for an intern! Learn about your local seafood industry! Help with packing, driving and (some) internet duties. Only for the lover of seafood and fish. E-mail Kirk at kirk@seaforager.com if you're interested} Before we get to the update: 1. I am doing a Mega Low Tide/Clam Tour in HMB... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Coastal Update
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Haiku #2,187 Late November rains Bring us herring memories Let the games begin! The rains have come and with them the muse returns... slowly, but surely. Hi guys. Remember me? It's been a while. Like half a year or something since I put together a post worthy of this blog. Okay... let's see.. I want to point out that I've noted in my tidelog that there've been late November mini spawns in the South Bay 3 of the last 4 years. And with this rain, who knows? Here's several notable things... A few months ago I wrote a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at The Monkeyface News
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Unreal as it may seem. After a ten year hiatus, eulachon (aka: candlefish, hooligan, oolichon) have suddenly started showing up in some Coastal rivers to the north of California. Check out any of these articles: Sandy River The Oregonian The British Columbian For those who don't remember my previous obsession with this species here's a post culled from the archives of The Monkeyface News: Candlefish (2009) Deep in his underground cavern beneath the wooded glades of San Francisco, fresh from his latest puppet triumph, Lombard of the Intertidal sits and obsesses about the decline of the osmerid clan. As I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at The Monkeyface News
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Holy Shiite! I'm doing a TED Talk in Monterey... okay it's a TEDx talk. And it's tomorrow so I'm not giving you guys much notice. Nevertheless... for those who can't make it... here's the link to live streaming: http://www.tedxmonterey.org/livestream/ Sure would be nice to see a few familiar faces, so if you're down that way, stop in and say hi! Fishwife and I will be singing Shoals of Herring again, to anyone who missed it the first time! Kirk-out Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at The Monkeyface News