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Hans Haveman

the santa cruz godfather of fish mongering

Heidi with CSF Cooler and Hans holding fish

Hans is an avid ocean lover who has been fishing our local waters since he was a kid and continues a long family legacy of watermen. Born and raised a Santa Cruz local, his love for fishing naturally led him to the kitchen where he got to train alongside Wolfgang Puck in various restaurants throughout LA. His thorough knowledge of everything seafood and love of the ocean, combined with his kitchen skills and 40 years experience, makes Hans an expert at getting the perfect piece of fish on your plate. 

Hans has done every kind of fishing you can imagine - and all over the globe! What makes him truly unique in this business is that he’s actually got the hands on experience and knows how every fish comes out of the water. No marine biologist college kid turned fish monger here. 🙃 His lifelong knowledge and experience is the real deal.

Hans is in charge of all operations of H&H and the SC Harbor Resident Buyer duties. He procures all selections we offer and handles all maintenance and safety ethics. He also hands-on creates all recipes for our pre-made ready-to-eat specialties. 

Hans fishing off a boat
Hans holding fish on boat
Hans holding fish with fishing pole
Hans holding big fish
Hans holding halibut
Heidi, Hans, and they son and daughter
Young hans holding lobster
You Hans on boat
Hans picking up Salmon
Hans on boat holding two fish
Hans holding Rockfish up to face
Hans at Shucked Raw catering bar
Hans holding halibut
Hans with his son and daughter
Hans holding lobster
Hans holding Salmon fillet
Hans laying next to fish

Hans is a passionate man who loves to share his knowledge and he does so with charm and ease. Hans is called upon often as a guest speaker and teacher at cooking and seafood classes. He’s been a part of Outstanding in the Field Events yearly since their inception and has done countless interviews, TV pilots, and mini series over the years.

He currently sits on the board of the CA Salmon Council, Urban Village Farmers’ Market and Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market Associations. 

In his free time, Hans loves to free-dive, surf, snowboard, antique, travel, explore nature with his kiddos and cook amazing meals with his family. 

He is the OG Santa Cruz fish monger who truly walks the walk and talks the talk. He’s Papa Bear to our crew and beloved by all. 

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Opah—aka Moonfish—is always such a treat to get in! 👁👄👁 This warm-blooded pelagic fish generally spends most of its time in at depth between surface level to 600 feet. Opah is also an interesting fish because it has six different cuts. 🔪 There's the Top, Mid, and Center Cut Loin, Belly, Back Tail, and the Abductor. Each with cut has a slightly different texture and taste that makes for great eating regardless if you're looking at just one cut or all six. The photo above is of the belly. 🤤 It tastes somewhere between a tuna and a salmon with a rich and firm, fatty texture. We hope you give it a try and love it! Find it at our main shop in the Santa Cruz Harbor. ⚓️
NEW MEET THE CREW! ✨ Meet Evan, 👋🏽 he has been with us for a year and a half now and is killing it.🤘🏽 Evan perfers to spend his time outside 🌞 when he is at the shop. He is often on the forklift loading markets or offloading boats, as he is one of our weighmasters.🪝In addition to that, Evan works the Campbell farmers' market, helps process fish, and deliverers to our CSF Club members. 🚐📦🐟 When Evan is not working, he enjoys playing music! 🎶 He recently played with Jim's (another one of our employees) band. When we asked him what his favorite part of working here is this is what he said: "I grew up close to the harbor and I’ve always wanted to have some kind of job here. I love the ocean and fish in general, so it’s been very rewarding to have so much hands-on experience with the fresh fishes! I love being on the dock and helping offload fisher folks and to hear their stories about the day..." His parents are long-time CSF Club members too. We feel so blessed to have him as an important part of our Fish Fam. 🙏🏽🥰 Be sure to give him a wave next time you see him! 👋🏽🧡
You may have noticed that our Tuna isn't always bright red like how you see it in grocery stores. Do you know why? Here we go... The Tuna you find at most grocery stores has been gassed with Carbon Monoxide. 🌫 Don't worry, the FDA has deemed this process as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe.) Although the process is actually banned in Japan, Canada, and the EU. Gassed Tuna can be a lot harder to tell whether or not it's fresh. It can be left out for days and it won't turn brown and even more crazy—it won't smell. 🤯 So, how can you tell when Tuna is fresh and not gassed? Your Tuna should NOT be bright red, watermelon, or look perfectly pink. It SHOULD be dark red or maroon. The more you know! 🌈⭐️
Introductingggggggg… 🗣🎙🖼 ~the H&H Gallery Wall~ We designed a whole wall in our new shop, dedicated to supporting local artists! 🙌🏽 Since we know you’re all here out of appreciation for the ocean and supporting the local fishing community, we thought 🤔💭who better than to launch our first Gallery Wall sale than with one of our very own fishermen–Christian Zajac! 👏🏽 Christian is a painter 🎨 whose work reflects his fascination with the ocean and its many mysteries. He was born in Rome, Italy, but raised in Santa Cruz surrounded by artists–his father Jack Zajac is a very talented, famous sculptor. Chris has been fishing since he was five years old, 👶🎣 he catches much of the Salmon and Black Cod we sell. 🌊 He loves to boogie board in his free time. Painting and fishing are two passions that fuel his creative spirit. For Chris, painting is a way to connect with nature and honor all that the ocean has to offer. You can find a collection of his paintings at our main shop in the Santa Cruz Harbor. ⚓️ All Gallery Wall pieces will be FOR SALE, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. 💸Christian priced his 2 larger pieces at $100 and the smaller at $50. We hope you love them and enjoy checking out local nautical art when you visit our shop. We’ve got some talented artists in our community, so stay tuned for more to come! 🐚📸
Sometimes, the simplest things are the best 🙌. This is definitely true when cooking Halibut. We love fresh local Halibut with just a few simple ingredients— Butter, Salt, Pepper, and Lemon. The delicate flavor of the Halibut is allowed to shine when prepared this way—it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, even for picky eaters.👶🏼 If you have a favorite way that you enjoy cooking Halibut, we'd love to hear it! Different recipes and methods can really help to make your fish stand out, so don't be afraid to experiment and share your findings with us. We're always happy to have a new take on an old favorite. 🧡⚓️
Can you name all five of these fish in this photo just by their tails? Comment your best guess below! 👇🏽🧐 Here's a hint 😉: B _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _ _ _ _ H _ _ _ _ _ _ B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ _