Monchong, sometimes better known as Pomfret, is found in large numbers in Hawaii, as well as all over the Pacific Ocean - like this week’s catch from San Diego. According to This Fish, Monchong can be found in a large range of sizes - anywhere from 4 to 26 pounds, with most market catches weighing in at around 12 pounds. This smaller sized fish is known to the San Diego Food Systems Alliance for it’s pinky flesh that turns bright white once cooked. With its mild, but sweet and delicious flavor, it’s hard not to love. Luckily for us, Hawaii Seafood, along with many other sources, confirm that monchong does not have a specific season and can be found year round in the deep ocean.
The one caveat here, as pointed out again by
Hawaii Seafood, is that there is usually little machong available, because it is rarely treated as a target while fishing. Instead, it is a popular bycatch from long lines used to fish tuna, mahi mahi, and other big ticket pacific species. These long lines have hundreds to thousands of hooks branching off lines hundreds of meters long, intended to catch anything that swims by.
While long line fishing methods can prove to be problematic for some species, luckily for us, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program declares manchong caught through this method as a “good alternative” to other overfished populations. Here at Trashfish, we love giving these “trash” fish a delicious new fate of being loved by our members, rather than discarded in favor of something more popular. We hope you enjoy munching on some Monchong as much as we do!