Sustainable Seafood – How To Cook Scale to Tail

Dr Jordan Goetze is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on fisheries management and conservation strategies. Jordan also loves to catch and eat the fish that he studies. Luckily, he believes in a balance where we are still able to catch and eat the seafood we love while minimising the impact on the marine environment. His work across the globe, including in developing countries in the Indo-Pacific and East Africa, has provided a unique insight into the different ways marine life is managed.

Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov established Fervor in 2013, with the aim of providing a ‘culinary experience you can’t get anywhere else’. Fervor harnesses locally sourced native produce and shares it with diners at unique locations across WA, including salt lakes, beautiful bushland and pristine beaches. Paul boasts an outstanding resume, including experience in highly acclaimed kitchens around the world such as Vue de monde, Amuse, D.O.M., Coi, Pujol and Noma.

And now, together, they have produced the Scale to Tail cookbook. It is designed to be the ultimate guide to sustainable Australian seafood and aims to provide the perfect recipes for scale to tail cooking featuring native Australian ingredients.

In the book you will find recipes that will leave you wondering why you ever threw back those unpopular fish. And you’ll also discover ways to cook with scraps that would otherwise be destined for the bin. Why neglect that crayfish head when you can turn it into something delicious?

Each recipe has numerical fish icon rating of one to three indicating its level of difficulty and features some surprising parts of the fish that make for delicious eating, such as the swim bladder.

The book also features stunning photography from Mick Sippe, a friend of the authors.

Scale to Tail, published by UWA Publishing October 2022, RRP $50.00 incl GST. Buy it here or at a good bookstore near you.

Our editor, Michael Barker, was pleased to speak with Dr Jordan Goertze about the book and to produce this most informative podcast interview about it, which you’ll find below.


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Here’s our podcast interview with Dr Jordan Goetze.