"100% Sustainable Seafood for Washington DC's Best Restaurants"
The only DC area company that provides only sustainable seafood.
We are a 9 year old wholesale distributor providing top quality fish and shellfish to chefs of many of the most discriminating restaurants in the nation's capital area (see list below) and the only one owned by a professional fisheries biologist.
Generally, we buy directly from fishermen so we know where it came from, how it was caught and exactly how it got here each step of the way. We usually fly it in overnight, assuring our customers that it's not only the best but also the freshest available anywhere. We seek out and support only those fisheries that are sustainably managed and whose populations are healthy as well as seafood items we know to be free of dangerous contaminants, and we encourage our chefs to do the same. Why just "sustainable" seafood? Because 90% of the biomass of the largest and most valuable fish species found throughout the world's oceans (tunas, swordfish, marlin, sharks, halibut, codfish, etc.) has been lost due to overfishing in just the last 50 years. So, what we choose to buy can make a big difference.
We provide routine, year-round deliveries Mondays thru Saturdays, generally of whole fresh fish and shellfish primarily from Alaska, California, New England, the US East Coast, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. For our primary items, see the links near the bottom of this page.
Our products have been or are being served at more than 70 well known restaurants including many of the "Washingtonian's Top 100."
Range Capella Fiola Tosca Marcel's Galileo Cashion's Citronelle Bourbon Steak 2941 Blue Duck Tavern Nora CityZen Sou'Wester Occidental Willard PJ Clarke's Hook Daikaya Rasika Rasika West End Cafe Milano Prime Rib Ritz-Carlton - Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert Ritz-Carlton - Fyve Plume Corduroy Zaytinya Proof Estadio Doi Moi Poste Cafe Atlantico Fujimar DC Coast Equinox Bistrot du Coin 701 D'Acqua Azur Zengo PS7 Beck's Johnny's Half Shell Boundary Road Red Hen Lavagna Beuchert's Saloon Hanoi House Vinoteca TenPenh Oval Room Bombay Club Firefly Urbana Eola Mintwood Boqueria Tuscana West Piccolo Pesce Graffiato Kaz Sushi Bistro Masa 14 Ris Circle Bistro Notti Bianche 1789 Vermilion Eventide Tallula Lyon Hall Dino Ripple Ardeo Al Dente Evening Star Cafe Morrison House Jackson 20 Columbia Firehouse Rustico Assaggi Assaggi Osteria Bistro Vivant Redwood Newton's Table Saint Ex Bar Pilar M Cafe Big Bear Cafe Mio Il Pizzico Black's BlackSalt Cesco Bucks Monte Carlo Timpano The Organic Butcher of McLean Black Olive (Baltimore) Prime Rib (Baltimore) Comus Inn Cork Birch and Barley Policy Mendocino Dean & Deluca Market L'Academie de Cuisine Chevy Chase Club Members Club at Four Streams Metropolitan Club
Many believe wild Pacific salmon, halibut and sablefish (blackcod) are among the most delicious fish in the world. They are certainly the most nutritious and healthy. Our primary supplier of king salmon, ivory king salmon, coho salmon, halibut, sablefish, yelloweye rockfish and lingcod is the Seafood Producers Cooperative. With 500 members, it is the largest and oldest fishermen's cooperative in North America, and it is recognized as the industry leader in establishing standards for quality.
For details on our primary products, see the links to additional pages below.
(Salmon steaks and fillets - image courtesy Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute)
Additional Detailed Descriptions
King, Ivory King and Coho Salmon
Striped Bass or "Rockfish"
Complete Product Listing
Why Buy From Us? - 10 Good Reasons
Health Benefits of our Products
What Seafood Should Not be Served?
"Farm-Raised" Salmon = "Farmed and Dangerous"
Jim Chambers Joe Boncore
Prime Seafood's founder and owner, Jim Chambers, is a marine biologist with over 35 years of experience including 30 years as a federal government official involved in marine fisheries conservation and management, nationwide and internationally.
If you are a serious fisherman, see his website devoted to Big Marine Fish.
Joe Boncore is a former Executive Chef who has worked in a number of Washington DC fine dining restaurants as well as restaurants in California and Las Vegas. His alma mater is Jacksonville University (business degree) where he was on a basketball scholarship and he went on to play basketball professionally in Europe (Joe also speaks fluent Italian and Spanish). He is a former US Army paratrooper and a former professional boxer while attending culinary school in San Francisco.
Only from Sustainably Managed Fisheries
As conservationists, Prime Seafood will supply seafood only from sustainably managed, robust populations. Unlike our competition, we do not trade in seafood being driven to extinction (such as "Chilean seabass," Atlantic bluefin tuna, orange roughy, marlin and mako sharks) or which contains unsafe levels of contaminants (most "farm-raised" salmon and shrimp imported from Asia). Did you know that just one meal a month of the cheap, "farm-raised" salmon that is sold in many Washington area supermarkets and restaurants (often misleadingly labeled "organic") poses an "unacceptably high risk" of causing cancer? This is the primary conclusion of recent scientific studies. (For the details, see our "Farmed and Dangerous" section.) If you want to help make a difference, let chefs and market managers know why you want wild not "farm-raised" salmon. If you want to know which common seafood items to select in a restaurant or at the market and which to avoid (because their populations are too low or because they are dangerous to eat), you can find out by visiting the Environmental Defense website and by using the Seafood Guide developed by the Blue Ocean Institute, both of whose assessments we endorse.
Prime Seafood, LLC
9814 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD 20895
(Office) 301-949-7778 (Fax) 301-949-3003 (Mobile) 202-330-9121
Jim Chambers, Founder/Owner
Joe Boncore, Director of Operations (240-483-8475)