Local commercial fisherman Bryan Hunt had the idea to open a retail market where he could sell the locally sourced fish caught daily in CT and RI waters. His vision became a reality last year when he opened fish on Methodist Street in Niantic, right off of Main Street. He now employs a team of people who all hustle to keep up with the demand for fresh fish – available directly from the source – without the involvement of the middleman.

Bryan says, “I believe we may be the only retail fish market in the state of Connecticut that sells what we catch locally.” He’s in the unique position to keep fish whole for customers who prefer to purchase it and cook it that way. But he filets it as well, giving his patrons all options. He is quick to share how best to cook any particular type of fish. He understands – and sells – sushi grade fish.

While he prides himself on selling locally sourced fish from RI and CT waters, he does bring in fish from other places as well to offer a full menu of options. These include salmon from the Faroe Islands, cod from Iceland, halibut from Nova Scotia and more. His lobsters are delivered fresh from Pt. Judith, RI.

As you enter his shop, you’ll be taken in immediately by a large screen featuring the personal video footage Bryan shares from his fishing trips. You’ll see not only what he catches, but you’ll get to see firsthand how they’re caught.

Originally a California kid, Bryan moved to Connecticut when he was 11 years old. He says, “In retrospect, the more traditional and disciplined education I received here ultimately prepared me for the strong work ethic I bring to my business today.”

After a successful 25-year career in the manufacturing engineering industry, COVID came along and gave Bryan the opportunity to rethink his next steps. With his long-time personal passion for fishing commercially in local waters, the idea for the fish market seemed like a natural fit for him. Now he gets to do what he loves, and he loves getting to know his customers who have learned to come to him for the best quality locally sourced fish.

He couldn’t believe his luck when the space on Methodist Street became available in 2022. He quickly turned around some much-needed renovations to transform the former building into a fish market and was ready to open before the year ended. He lives in Waterford and keeps his boat in Niantic. He continues to personally catch local fish for his market, and he works with a network of local fishermen in CT and RI who deliver fish fresh to his shop daily. On any given day, you may be there when the freshest fish are delivered right from the boats!

Managing all facets of the shop operations keeps him more than busy. Bryan wants to find a way to incorporate cooking and sharing recipes into his business. He hopes to start offering authentic poke bowls – with the perfect blend of rice and the freshest fish – a nod to his Hawaiian heritage.

Bryan loves to cook and enthusiastically shares recipes and guides his customers on how best to prepare the fish they purchase. He has lofty, yet realistic, goals. He hopes to open up additional retail markets. His flagship Niantic shop would then be dubbed “fish Niantic” to accommodate naming for other locations. Eventually he wants to open a restaurant where he can cook and serve a full menu of his favorite recipes using the freshest locally caught fish, literally right off the boats.

In the near-term, he plans to share cooking videos – complete with step-by-step food prep instructions and ultimate presentation – on his fish Instagram account. Visit now and you can catch Bryan in action doing what he loves!

Stay in touch with fish on Facebook and at nianticfish.com. Better yet, stop in and say hello and check out his latest catches and see his lobster pot tree!

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9 Methodist Street, Niantic
860-739-2119
nianticfish.com


About Our Main Street Blogger:
Joanne lives in, and loves, our community. She was looking for an opportunity to help share all that our local businesses do to make East Lyme such a special place to call home, and she is excited to contribute to our blog. Joanne brings to the role her experience from New London Main Street where she contributed content to their website, newsletters and email communications for man

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