“I come in here a lot,” said Patrick Baynes, of Oneonta, as he shopped for fish Thursday. “I eat fish about every other day. It is healthy. I love getting the fresh fish here. It is so much better for you.”
Captn Cook’s also sells sushi, crab cakes, Hawaiian tuna poke (pronounced pokay) and ceviche, a Mexican seafood salad. Customers are welcome to eat at one of the small bistro tables in the seafood shop or carry the prepared food out.
Cooke hopes to offer sushi classes soon, and has had several all-you-can eat sushi dinners. He also tries to find unique items such as shad roe, Mako shark and octopus. Everything he brings in is listed on Captn Cook’s Seafood Market Facebook site, as well as on his in-store chalkboard. Also list on the Facebook sites are recipes, “happy hour” specials, pictures and requests from friends for unique seafood.
Another aspect to the seafood market is its commitment to sustainability. Cooke will only support seafood operations that are committed to preserving the ocean’s ecosystem. The like-mindedness of many Oneonta residents is one of the things he found attractive about the area.
“As our population grows we have to be careful about overfishing,” Cooke said. “There are many species that are in danger of being fished out. Some fish like the orange roughy, it takes them 25 years to mature.”