“Wicked Tuna” fans often ask Captain Dave Marciano of Beverly how they could get a taste of the giant bluefin tuna he and his fellow boat captains bring out of the Gulf of Maine on the popular National Geographic reality show. .
“People have said this to me a hundred times: ‘Where can we find some of the fish we see you catching on the show?’ I bet I’ve been asked that a thousand times and I can’t send them anywhere to get a piece of fish,” he said, other than a few local restaurants, or maybe a sushi buyer looking for high fat tuna for asian market.
“We put that name in homes,” Marciano said. “We put the idea of this product in people’s heads. At the moment we just can’t send them. Well, that’s about to change.
From September 1, Marciano, whose Angelica Fisheries offers fishing charters aboard Gloucester’s Hard Merchandise and Falcon fishing vessels, is launching his reality TV fame to attract customers as he starts a new business called Angelica Seafoods.
The company plans to offer premium fresh seafood from Gloucester and New England.
“Just click and we’ll ship overnight to your door,” Marciano said. “From Gloucester fishing families to yours overnight, that’s the premise.”
To do so, he has partnered with Monte Rome, managing director and co-owner with his wife Yi Bing Gao-Rome, of Intershell International, which operates a modern 55,000 square foot seafood processing facility on Blackburn Drive. , a Commercial Street wharf facility. and a fleet of fishing vessels.
A family matter
Marciano’s sister, Christine Marciano Sciola of Beverly, his wife, Nancy, and Rose Rome, Monte Rome’s daughter and owner, come on board to run the business. Angelica is the name of the daughter of Dave and Nancy Marciano.
“There is now a huge market for food shipped to your doorstep,” said Marciano Sciola, a partner at Angelica Seafoods. “So why not seafood and why not local Gloucester seafood?”
“Without her, I couldn’t do any of this,” Marciano said, adding that his bookkeeping skills are non-existent. “Look, I’ve been a fisherman for 40 years. I sell cold, dead fish.
Her sister is a business professional who has worked in the insurance industry and also holds an MBA. His first job out of college was working at Gorton. She also started Marciano’s online t-shirt business.
Marciano grew up in Beverly and struggled in high school, eventually graduating from Gloucester High in 1984. He started working for Yankee Fleet when he was 12 years old.
“No one in my family fished before me,” Marciano said, which is why he turned to the seaport. Her father worked in the insurance industry. “I just had a passion for fishing,” he said. “My dad didn’t even know how to bait a hook,” he laughs.
He spent much of his life as a commercial fisherman, but as the industry developed, Marciano said he started charter fishing and then the opportunity to participate in the show “Wicked Tuna” “came into play”.
The show allowed him to develop the charter business with his son, Joe, captain of the F/V Hard Merchandise while piloting a second boat, the F/V Falcon.
“So again, this opportunity has led to what can we do next?”
Marciano and Rome have had a business relationship for 30 years.
“We always thought we got a fair deal with Monte and Intershell International,” said Marciano, who said his end of the bargain was to bring a quality product to Rome.
Marciano said what they were trying to do was introduce people to fresh Gloucester seafood ‘wherever they are in the country’.
He also notes that the times of Asian market demands and easy money for tuna fishers have changed. and high-value tunas, those with high fat content, make up only about 30% of the fish they catch.
“The other 70% are beautiful, wonderful fish. It is an excellent source of protein. It’s a great product, but it’s not high quality sushi products. So if we want to improve our lot as a fisherman, what better way to do that than to use everything that has come to me to try to create domestic demand for those other quality bluefin tuna that we have.
Tuna will always be a highlight, but there will also be other seasonal seafood, mostly from the Gulf of Maine, which Marciano said he considers some of the best seafood in the world. For example, Angelica Seafoods plans to offer a clam chowder kit, complete with recipe.
The company’s website will feature recipes as well as other information about Angelica’s products.
“You will be able to watch and learn about our products, especially the tuna, you know, it’s very popular with people. People are concerned about sustainability. We will integrate this information into our website. So you’ll be able to know exactly what you’re getting and exactly where it’s coming from to the best of our abilities, right.
The show’s brand recognition will only take Angelica Seafoods this far, Marciano said. What it will really depend on is quality and the ability to grow beyond the fan base.
“We’ll definitely sell seafood to that fan base because they’ll want to try it, but that’s just a great place to start,” he said. It remains to be seen how sustainable the company will be.
His desire is for Angelica Seafoods to create demand for local Gloucester seafood, to drive up prices, so that everyone benefits, from local fishermen to those who work in the seafood factory. by truckers.
Marciano Sciola said the business partners planned to have a “meet and greet” with Marciano at Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St., on Monday, August 29, from 2-6 p.m. The event is open to the public. Customers will have the option to pre-purchase a few limited items online from the site, and with that purchase, get a 25% coupon on Bluefin Tuna Steaks when they become available after September 1, she said. declared.
Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-675-2714 or [email protected]